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New York town tells Muslims to dig up cemetery

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Muslims in a small, upstate New York town, Sidney, seek a simple life. As this article points out, there is a significant number of Muslims that they created their own 650 square feet cemetery. This doesn't seem problematic.

However, local government officials now want the bodies buried in the cemetery removed because of potential risks to the town.

Incredibly, the town already approved of the cemetery in 2005 and cannot identify the state law that governs cemeteries on private property because apparently New York State doesn't have any laws governing cemeteries on private property. The town is focused on a regulation stating that no cemeteries can be built on mortgaged property.

If this didn't involve real people, as well as the deceased, it would be comical. Let Muslim-Americans bury their dead just as Catholics, Jewish people and others have been doing for decades.

'Money Never Sleeps:' A little apocalypse everyday

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Oscar-winner Oliver Stone’s new film “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is a dark, prophetic masterpiece showcasing some of the best acting this year -- and some of the weakest. It is profoundly disappointing because its premise forgoes morality and any consequences of the evolutionary inevitability of capitalism’s dominance over our humanity.

Sustainable Table Web site \"builds community through food\"

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Every day more and more consumers are shopping smarter, eating healthier, and enjoying an abundance of fresh, locally-grown products. The Web site Sustainable Table was created to celebrate this fast-growing, dynamic movement, to educate consumers on food-related issues, and to help build community through food.

Sustainable agriculture involves food production methods that are healthy, do not harm the environment, respect workers, are humane to animals, provide fair wages to farmers, and support farming communities. But rather than focus on the problems, Sustainable Table promotes the positive shift toward local, small-scale sustainable farming.

Sustainable Table covers a wide range of topics and features a link that allows you to find local, sustainable food sources in your area. It also includes helpful articles about sustainability in agriculture and also recipes for daily use, plus an "Ecocentric" blog.

That manic 20 percent

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Some welcome news, finally, this Monday for anyone craving even the merest scent of sanity in America's Tea Party political season. "Moderates," it seems, are coming out of hiding.

A report in The Los Angeles Times focuses on efforts lead by Michael Bloomberg, the independent mayor of New York, to bolster moderate candidates of both parties. Bloomberg has labelled the Tea Party insurgency a "boomlet" and a "fad," and believes these activists have hijacked the political discussion this campaign season.

Web site update: Comments are back

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After a busy day clearing out spam, we've got some good news:

The commenting system for our Web site is back online. You can go ahead and post comments to our stories like you used to.

With the updates there comes one change.

In the past you've had to answer a simple arithmetic question to post a comment on any of our pages. From now on we'll be using a different device that will ask you to interpret slightly distorted letters and numbers. It's a system that you may have seen on other websites.

Paper asks Mexican drug cartels: What can we do?

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The situation in Juarez, Mexico is getting so bad that one local paper asked the drug cartels: What do you want us to do?

More details can be found here, and below are snippets from the story about the paper's rather unusual editorial.

MEXICO CITY — A newspaper's stunning, front-page editorial of seeming surrender to drug capos has set off a national debate from the presidential palace to Mexico's equivalent of the water cooler — its ubiquitous town squares.

"What do you want from us?" El Diario de Juarez asked the cartels whose war for control of the border city across from El Paso, Texas, has killed nearly 5,000 people — including two El Diario journalists — in less than two years. "You are currently the de facto authorities in this city. ... Tell us what you expect from us as a newspaper?"

For many Mexicans, it was a voice that finally exposed in a very public and unusual way the intimidation felt across the country.

Republican Women could change abortion debate in Senate

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From The Associated Press:

Anti-abortion female Republican candidates could change political equation in Senate

By DAVID CRARY , Associated Press

NEW YORK - An unusually large contingent of female Republican candidates with strong anti-abortion views is heating up debate on the issue and could change the political equation in the next Congress.

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