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  1. Political Spectrum: Military bases on foreign soil

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    July 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    This column highlights the range of political thought in our society by presenting commentary from various ideological perspectives. Occasionally we ask a question of two commentators and print their answers, side by side. We also invite commentators to submit an essay on any topic that promotes their political philosophy. We publish these essays as “Voice from the Left” and “Voice from the​ Right.” The perspective from the Left will be presented by John Gray of Greenland who is a self- described “Social Democrat.”  ANSWER: NO! EXPLANATION: 1000 is even higher than the 850 bases documented by Chalmers Johnson in his excellent series of books, Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and Nemesis. But, considering the number of “black sites” in the U.S.A. and elsewhere, detailed in Blank Spots on the Map, by Trevor Paglen, which number in the hundreds, even that 1000 number may be a bit low. Unless we are aiming to control the world with a global military empire, there is no reasonable explanation why we should spend more on warring than on all other responsibilities combined. The “on-budget” part of the military consumes approximately 60% of our entire annual budget. These off-budget black sites, off-budget wars, and off-budget …

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  2. Roadside Haven Kept Alive by Volunteers

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    July 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    A quiet band of volunteers works tirelessly behind the scenes. All day, every day, a steady stream of cars and trucks are lured off Hwy. 71 by a picturesque park full of shade trees and picnic tables that beckon drivers to take a short detour from their destinations.

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  3. Change Afoot in School Curriculum

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    July 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    A former West Fork High School math teacher has returned in a new start-up role that has charged him with developing new ways to connect the numerous ways kids learn to how material is being taught in the classroom.

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  4. Where Are My Keys?

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    July 28, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    Where are my glasses? Where is my purse? I ask myself these questions almost every day. Somehow I put things in a very safe place that I can’t remember the next day. I’ve always been a little scattered and unorganized but lately my mind goes blank about the whereabouts of my possessions. I’ve heard this called ‘senior moments’, but I’m about 10 years away from officially being a ‘senior.’ I don’t get the discounts yet so how can I have senior moments? I expected it all to go south on October 7, 2020 but my mind is being an overachiever. I try to be organized. I have a purse that I can load about 20 pounds of stuff in. Nowadays, since my back and neck give me problems, I have an auxiliary purse in the form of a big cloth recyclable shopping bag. It made my purse much lighter. I thought I was being clever, dividing my stuff into things-I-always-need and things-I-need-sometimes. It didn’t work. I switch stuff from bag to bag and can’t find what I’m looking for. My purse is just as heavy and I still can‘t find anything. I also keep lots of note pads and date …

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  5. Birding Opportunities In The Dogdays

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    July 28, 2011 by Joseph C. Neal

    If the dogdays are getting you down, consider shorebirds or sandpipers. I know this may sound strange, but by late July it is possible to find around a dozen different species of sandpipers making the transit south through western Arkansas. Even non-birders know at least one: Killdeer.

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  6. The Guinea, Part 2

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    July 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    Two roosters, three hens, and the guinea had survived. After I collected the dead and killed the dying, I fed the crew generously and put fresh straw in the chicken house. That night, I went out at dusk to lock the house. Guinea was nowhere to be seen.

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  7. Got Milk?

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    July 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    This morning I met my coffee pot with a hearty greeting. “Ehhughh” I said. Oh sure. You morning people might not think that’s very “hearty.” But let me remind you. I’m not a morning person.

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