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THE LAST TOXIC GASP OF NUCLEAR POWER
— Inside the dynamite new issue of CounterPunch magazine: John LaForge takes an unflinching survey of the state of the nuclear power industry in the wake of Fukushima: its ailing plants, leaking pipes, security threats, accumulating radioactive waste and escalating costs. David Macaray charts the end of the middle class in America over the last 50 years: declining incomes, growing debts, and mounting insecurity. Harry Browne recounts his journey by boat from Ireland to Wales to meet the family of Chelsea Manning. Lee Hall exposes the latest lethal scam of the cattle industry: a plan to slaughter elk in the Yellowstone country. Plus: Jeffrey St. Clair on reading Camus in the time of drones; JoAnn Wypijewski on watching the Super Bowl with union laborers; Mike Whitney on the return of crappy mortgages; Chris Floyd on the selling and re-reselling of Bob Dylan; Kristin Kolb on the NYT’s poverty porn; and Lee Ballinger on the art of Tiffany Gholar.
Weekend Edition November 27-29, 2004
The face of Christ at Christmas is a baby facesweet, vulnerable, silent. The face of Christ at Christmas is about beginning human time, a needy present. It’s not the bloody Christ of suffering and death thirty-three years ahead of that baby and almost two thousand years behind us, nor is it the judging Christ at the end of the world and time.
The face of Christ at Christmas is one we all have worn. ‘Every criminal was once an infant love’ Blake wrote, reminding us of our common innocence and vulnerability before all our experience and cruelty. The story says the heavens marked Christ’s birth with a star which rich men followed to pay tribute. But the birth was humble and animal.
What does it mean to see God in a baby? It’s a mistake and confusion to fellow monotheist Jews and Muslims. It’s a familiar story to sophisticated Hindus. It’s a myth to many and a silliness to some. It’s a wise story whatever one’s belief. It looks to present, vulnerable time and sees a human need for love, a baby’s face, as God’s own story.
DIANE CHRISTIAN is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at University at Buffalo and author of the new book Blood Sacrifice. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org