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The Corporation: Examining the new world order


The Corporation LogoOne hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today’s dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history.

In a complex, exhaustive and highly entertaining documentary, The Corporation, Mark Achbar, co-director of the influential and inventive Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, teams up with co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation’s increasing preeminence.

Based on Bakan’s book, The Corporation: The pathological pursuit of profit and power, the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Featuring illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and many others, The Corporation charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force.

Among the 40 interview subjects are CEOs and top-level executives from a range of industries: oil, pharmaceutical, computer, tire, manufacturing, public relations, branding, advertising and undercover marketing. In addition, a Nobel-prize winning economist, the first management guru, a corporate spy, and a range of academics, critics, historians and thinkers are also interviewed. «Read the rest of this article»

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Life Center Foundation: Hope thrives in the aftermath of substance abuse


The Life Center Foundation is all about hope. So is Bill Irby, director of this life changing program that serves as “a bridge to a new life” for men and women grappling with the devastating effects of substance abuse. Irby’s mission is to move them from dependency to productivity within the community.


Life Center Foundation is a non-profit residential and an outpatient recovery program that offers a chance at recovery rather than incarceration. Tucked away on a tree-lined street in South Clarksville, the program is housed in a large sprawling home with a rambling porch. It’s a quiet place where residents live, usually for six to 18 months. Individuals are referred to the program through local court systems; these clients are often homeless victims of alcohol, drugs, and bad choices who have arrived at a crossroads: jail or recovery. The key to the recovery option is a strong desire to learn and acquire the skills needed to make new, different, self-sustaining and productive choices. That’s where the camaraderie, support, fellowship and Bill Irby come into play. «Read the rest of this article»

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The road home: A journey of memory, hope


co-meditation-sunset.jpgWhile in the U.S. Army for 20 years, I identified my home of record as St. Louis, Missouri, where I was raised on the south side in a home where my parents both worked full time to make ends meet. Life wasn’t a battle for survival, but it was a struggle from pay day to pay day.

Though now a Tennessee resident, when I speak of home I still focus on Missouri, especially the Ozarks where I was born and spent six formative years of childhood.

Recently I returned to the Ozarks near Fort Leonard Wood. There for three days, I faced an epiphany, an experience of both sadness and joy. Experiences that brought me closer to reality. Something happened that was unforeseen and unanticipated, something that wasn’t on my list of objectives for this trip. The result was a new personal “awareness” and sensitivity toward my own well-being. «Read the rest of this article»


NYT to blast e-voting; TACIR urges verifiable votes in Tennessee


co-election-logo.JPG“A long way from where we started…”

With those words activist Bernie Ellis, a staunch advocate for traceable, verifiable voting records, cited a BRAD BLOG report announcing the publication of a major New York Times article on the issues surrounding electronic voting.

According to The BRAD BLOG, the NYT article includes a graphic of an exploding voting booth and a warning that your vote may be “lost, destroyed, miscounted, wrongly attributed or hacked.” The story is reportedly titled “The Bugs in the Machine.” The story claims that electronic voting machines may create far greater problems than hanging chads and cites a ten percent failure of electronic voting machines. «Read the rest of this article»

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The “F” word: Give it a rest!


co-dictionary-thesaurus.JPGIt’s a New Year. How about a resolution of a different kind?

I get dozens of e-mails, bulletins, notes, jokes, “funny” surveys, cartoons, etc., replete with, overflowing with, saturated with: The “F” Word.

It’s a word. It’s in the dictionary. It means something (with many degrees of stress and passion). It doesn’t mean everything. It doesn’t suit everything.

I attend many events, many interesting, wonderful and creative events with political and social activists (experienced and novice), civic leaders, artists and writers, and fellow members of this community who have powerful messages. We have words for those messages. But when too liberally laced with profanity and vulgarity, the balance of that word power shifts, and we lose the interest, respect and attention of the very people we are trying to reach. «Read the rest of this article»

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Community meeting to explain method behind the madness of “blight”


blight article headerOfficials for the City of Clarksville will hold a community meeting to discuss the Clarksville Center Redevelopment Plan on Thursday, January 10th at 6p.m. in the Clement Auditorium at Austin Peay State University. Missy Graham, Communications Director for the City of Clarksville, said that the meeting location was selected because APSU is located in the Clarksville Center Redevelopment District. APSU is the only property to be exempt from in the newly designated “blight” area.

According to Graham, “several details of the plan have been misrepresented in recent weeks and the Mayor and City Council are hosting this event to help residents understand the objectives of the plan. The Downtown District Partnership worked on the plan for several years before presenting it to the City Council in the fall of 2007. The City Council voted on the plan on two separate occasions and did not receive any opposition from the public.”

co-depot-two-men-b-w.JPGClarksville Property Rights Coalition members maintain they were unaware of the details and language of the ordinance that has lumped all of the downtown area (except APSU) into a “blighted” category for purposes of redevelopment. Participants in these meetings felt “blindsided ” by the blight designation and were quick to line up and sign postcards addressed to their legislators protesting the the ordinance. The anger crossed boundaries of race, gender and income, unifying residents who were seeking answers and explanations. «Read the rest of this article»

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Winter: A morning meditation


winter-walkway.JPGIt is snowing. Lightly. Soft flurries that dance to the earth, not in the wild frenzy of a winter storm but rather, in a time-honored waltz that whispers “I’m here, come out and walk with me!” So what if it is -4. There is no wind, ergo, no wind chill.

A half hour before, I unfurled myself from the toasty warmth of wooley blankets and prepared to meet the day. Destination: computer lab. I step from my dorm to the outdoors when the magic of that gentle snow happened. In the lamplight, the ground (which is measured in feet of snow) sparkled with the crystalline glitter of well chilled granular snow, diamonds and shards of silver reflecting light. From the low roofline of the Clockhouse (below) icicles are measured by the yard, growing downward, earthbound and more weighty with each new inch.


I am the only one up and about, just me,  with a fleece scarf loosely hung around my neck, my wool coat still unbuttoned, gloves neatly folded in the pocket. «Read the rest of this article»


Matthew Walker Health Clinic opens in North Clarksville for medical, dental care


g-medbig.gifAffordable health care, including dental care, is what the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is all about. Based in North Clarksville, the new facility is located at Dover Crossing at the Phillips Square building.

Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is committed to providing primary and preventive medical and dental care. We are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), American Dental Association (ADA), Certified FDA Mammography Facility, and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA).

This highly-rated clinic, which opened its doors on January 2, is funded through a $1.5 million grant, and is extending itself to people of all income brackets and will serve both the insured and the uninsured with the following services:

Adult Medicine
Primary health care is provided to person’s 18 years and older in the Adult Medicine Suites. An Internal Medicine or Family Medicine physician and a Nurse Practitioner team work together to provide patients with a personal health care plan. Services of the adult medicine group include routine physicals, health maintenance, and sick visits. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville’s Tennessee Trails stays one step ahead in New Year’s resolutions.


Hiking symbolA common New Year’s resolution many of us make is to lose weight, to get more active and healthy. Tennessee Trails – Clarksville, begins their New Year with a two-part tradition they’ve had for around seven years:

They meet on New Year’s Eve at 9 p.m. to walk in the New Year.

New Year’s Eve 2007 hikers

The group pictured above joined others in walking walked three to four miles of downtown Clarksville, starting at McGregor Park, using the walking bridge that crosses Riverside and the other sidewalk “trails” created for downtown. They walked up Dog Hill, admiring some of its historic houses, then over to Public Square with its eternal flame and memorial to the soldiers.

They paused to peek in the shop windows along Franklin, then trailed down to Riverside on 2nd Street, over Riverside and across the walking bridge before ending back at the park. A walk in frigid cold, led by fast walker Suva Bastin, left all feeling exhilarated at the end. «Read the rest of this article»


Register now for Feb. 5 Presidential Primary


co-election-logo.JPGVoter registration: It’s not just for the November election.

Tennessee will hold its presidential primary on February 8, with early voting from January 16-31, but the deadline to register is coming up soon: Monday, January 7.

Prospective voters must be Montgomery County residents who will be 18 years of age by Feb. 15, 2008. They must bring an ID with their signature in order to register. Voters who have not cast a vote in the several elections may have been placed on the inactive voter list but will still be eligible to vote in the primary. However, they can be purged from the voter list if they remain inactive through two federal polling cycles. «Read the rest of this article»

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