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That was 1987

Capitalism at its finest. Ian James of the Desert Sun did an investigative report in March:

In a rocky canyon in the San Bernardino National Forest, pipes carry water from springs high on the mountainside down to a roadside tank and from there to tanker trucks which haul it to a bottling plant to be sold as Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water to the profit of Nestle. How sweet and bucolic, except for a few tiny things – there’s a drought; the Forest Service hasn’t been monitoring the environmental impacts, and oh yes Nestle’s permit expired 28 years ago.

Nestle Waters North America holds a longstanding right to use this water from the national forest near San Bernardino. But

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Kpatinga: Another ‘Witch’ Village in Ghana Kpatinga: Another ‘Witch’ Village in Ghana
By Leo Igwe, April 8, 2014

These women have been forced to adopt Kpatinga as their home and community, as the only safe place to be and to live for now, if not forever.

Interview with Rebecca Goldstein on Plato at the Googleplex, philosophy for the public, and everything
By Rebecca Goldstein, March 20, 2014

Our culture has relapsed back into the kind of self-aggrandizing, self-glorifying answers that the Athenians had presumed, which had Socrates railing against them until he got so annoying that they killed him.

The Good Juror Pose The Good Juror Pose
By Bruce Everett, February 9, 2014

The presumption of innocence is important for jurors, and for journalists reporting the bare facts of cases like these. This is, however, not so much the case for journalists engaging in meta-analysis, and much less so for the rest of us, especially those discussing rape in informally therapeutic environments.

What to do with all the “Witches”?
By Leo Igwe, December 19, 2013

Witch camps are at least safety nets, however poorly run, for these victims of religion whose believers will kill them for crimes it is impossible for them to have committed.

CFI combating superstition in Uganda
By Bill Cooke, November 9, 2013

So much of what is not understood is attributed to witchcraft and, not infrequently, whoever is identified as the witch ends up dying a horrible death.

Humanists help orphans in Kenya
By Bill Cooke, November 9, 2013

With no parents to look out for their interests, most orphans miss out on school altogether, and have no future to look forward to.

Witch Hunting and Adeboye’s Evangelical Tour of the Pacific
By Leo Igwe, October 13, 2013

The evangelical charade of the Redeemed Christian Church of God should not be taken to other countries. It has no place in an enlightened society.

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