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The Sunday Liberal Reader: July 22

The Reader returns!

This week's Sunday Liberal Reader begins on a somber note. The senseless mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado early Friday morning is yet another reminder of just how much America loves its guns. Andrew Cohen reminds us of the sobering fact that in the day and a half since that massacre over 100 other Americans have lost their lives to the barrel of a gun. A recent Brady Campaign release lists 62 pages of mass shootings in the United States since 2005.

Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy caused a bit of a cluck last week coming out in support of traditional marriage in an interview with the Baptist Press. The interview itself was fairly benign but it did manage to ruffle a few feathers at LGBTQ Nation, who came out with a detailed list of anti-gay organizations that Chick-fil-A's charitable arm, WinShape Foundation, has made major contributions to. Something more socially conscious diners may want to consider next time they have a craving for waffle fries.

Georgia Representative Jack Kingston has been busy lately undermining the safety of our nation's food chain and the viability of small farms by tailoring the Farm Appropriations Bill to suit his corporate best friend Monsanto and their use of GMOs. While many countries are rejecting Monsanto's attempts to control the world's food supply, farmer Jack is carrying their water here at home. Here's the best of the rest:

This weeks must read. Barry C, Lynn and Lina Kahn at Washington Monthly discuss The Slow-Motion Collapse of American Entrepreneurship.

A quick read from The American Prospect on The Beltway's Destructive Obsession With The Deficit.

Many of us, including myself, were punked this week by a link to a purported Shell Oil ad campaign gone terribly wrong. It turns out this too good to be true story was just that. Helluva prank though.

Trending: Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi reports on A Serious Challenge To Wall Street in his piece on eminent domain mortgage seizures. Relief may be on the way for underwater homeowners.

Growing income disparity in Israel and the conservative government's failed safety net programs result in this chilling tale of one man's desperation from Haaretz.

A fascinating glimpse into the inner world of Scientology from The Village Voice.

In case you missed it (I did): A recent study in the peer-reviewed journal Nature titled Approaching a State Shift In Earth’s Biosphere (unfortunately paywall protected) deserves examination. Several diverse publications have done just that.

For the lazy reader: Chris Hayes opening segment on "Up" this morning on why Mitt Romney should pay a tax rate more like his father is must-see TV.

That's it for now. As always; stay informed, read liberally!

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Jim S July 31, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I call it being informed. I can't stand hearing someone spew quotes from politicians as if they were printed in red. What kind of sheeple just swallow all this tripe as if it were truth? And George, Maybe you would get into more dialog with people if you didn't spend your time insulting them.
george July 31, 2012 at 07:20 PM
1. What is a "sheeple?" 2. What political quote? 3. I sincerely apologize if you find my comments demeaning or insulting. 4. My rational for limited dialog with "people" can be found simply by reading your post.
Jim S July 31, 2012 at 08:06 PM
1. Sheeple are human beings who follow whatever stupidity comes from the mouths of their political heros. 2. Any political quote; Guns are good. Guns are bad. Less government. More government. 3. You have not insulted me. I don't even know you. What we need, and I agree with you, are people who can think for themselves and who do not resort to blindly following their 'party'.
george July 31, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Mr Stephenson, I apparently am the new poster-child for never too old to learn. At 70, I am forced it admit I have never heard of sheeple! I am in your debt sir. I shall use this newest addition to my vernacular often. I obviously did not read your post thoroughly (probably a result my limited dialog with people :). The quote I used is attributed to Winston Churchill, though I could be wrong. I agree with your last statement completely. And, after having swam in the political cesspool I can state, without reservation, that we who think for ourselves are a quickly fading minority. I find that Will Rogers said it best, "There is no such thing as an honest politician." I look forward to more informed discourse Mr. Stephenson. How about the UN Security Council or the American Red Cross's recent claim that the blood supply is at a 15 year low. All is well with my soul.
Jim S August 01, 2012 at 01:02 PM
George, Your quote was oft repeated by my late mother. I totally understand as, in my 50s, I also learn new thing daily. And I yearn for the days of humans practicing humanity; respectful debates about issues that will make America better, honesty when giving speeches...you know, old fashioned stuff like that. As for the UN or Red Cross, I am afraid I am not well versed in those areas, and would likely 'open my mouth and remove ALL doubt'. Respectfully, Jim

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