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Peter Bauer

Contributing Editor - Peter Bauer earned his Master’s Degree in Middle and Secondary Education from The University of Oregon. He currently teaches 7th grade in Eugene, Oregon, and is the drummer for The Spruce Root Band.


Top Articles by Peter Bauer

Tomato Attack at Palin Book Signing

What's next, heads of cabbage?  Eggs?  Stir Fry?

Town Hall Meeting with Peter DeFazzio (D-OR)

By Peter Bauer On Tuesday, August 18th, I had the pleasure of attending a town hall meeting of my local congressman Peter DeFazzio.  For those of you who don't know Peter D, he's a hometown hero, voting against war, the stimulus (too much of a corporate giveaway), and even NAFTA when it was first drafted. … Read More

“Death Panels”

By Peter Bauer One of the saddest parts of the whole health care debate has been the idea of 'death panels'- a backroom bureaucratic system that decides who gets to live and who gets to die.  But don't you understand?  When people are unable to afford health care, a choice for them.  From The Huffington… Read More

Weekend Music

By Peter Bauer I love this song and it's message.  The images behind the music are powerful, and the video is really only half as long as it says.

Thoughts on Obama’s Speech

By Peter Bauer As a school teacher, I was able to capitalize on the inauguration today by watching it with my first period class.  It was truly an historical moment that my students will undoubtedly remember.  Despite their age, I think they are able to grasp the significance of this election, and appear to be… Read More

Good Riddance

By Peter Bauer I was elated to learn that protesters gathered outside the White House Monday morning (Bush's last full day in office) to throw shoes at the White House. And although it's never appropriate to laugh at someone in a wheel chair, I must say that Dick Cheney has now come to fully resemble… Read More

Freedom to Facism in 10 Easy Steps

By Peter Bauer- I came across this five minute video on stumbleupon. 1.  Create a terrifying internal and external enemy.  2.  Create secret prisons where torture takes place.3.  Develop and thug caste or paramilitary force not answerable to citizens.4.  Set up an internal survalience system.5.  Harass citizen groups.6.  Engage in arbitrary detention and release.7.  Target… Read More

War is Over (If You Want It)

By Peter Bauer I am a huge music fan and am impressed by the massive impact The Beatles have made on music over the last half century.  However, I've always been intrigued by John Lennon's social activism- the way he harnessed his celebrity to work for the betterment of society.  This interview (which ends with… Read More

Stand By Me

By Peter Bauer This clip demonstrates the ways in which a Digital Age has erased geographic separateness and allows people to connect and create using available technology.  It exemplifies the exciting potential of human creativity. 

Few Shopping Days Left! Buy! Buy! Buy!

By Peter Bauer Are you a passive consumer programmed by hours and hours of government and multinational corporate propaganda? 

War on Christmas: Festivus for the rest of us!

By Peter Bauer As many of you probably know, the fictional "War on Christmas" is in full swing.  In the spirit of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a Washington man is attempting to place a Festivus Pole at the state capitol.  For those of you how don't know, Festivus is a relatively simple, low cost Christmas… Read More

Clinton Named Secretary of State

By Peter Bauer President-Elect Barack Obama nominated former rival Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State today from his transition office in Chicago.  Despite a hard fought primary seasons that some speculated would split the Democratic Party, Clinton and Obama have been able to overcome their differences and unite "to restore America's image abroad, end the… Read More

Iraq and US reach 2011 Withdrawal Agreement

By Peter Bauer The AP reports that "Iraq's parliament approved a pact that requires all troops to be out in three years, (although) American troops could leave sooner if President-elect Barack Obama makes good on a plan to pull out combat troops within 16 months" While it is exciting to hear that progress is being… Read More

Weekend Laughs

By Peter Bauer Bill Maher’s new rule:  Republicans can’t spend the next four years making false accusations against Barack Obama like they did against Bill Clinton.

Weekend Laughs- Palin Pranked!

By Peter Bauer Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was recently pranked by a pair of radio hosts from Montreal, Canada.  The duo managed to get her on the phone by posing as French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and talking with her for nearly six minutes.  The clueless Palin never caught on, even when the pranksters complimented… Read More

Reclaim Your Mind

By Peter Bauer I’ve come across Terrance McKenna a few times through stumbleupon, and although I find his comments thought provoking, I don’t always agree with what he has to say.  However, approaching the final weeks of a seemingly endless election cycle, McKenna’s words remind the listener that the real world is what is happening… Read More

Follow the Money

By Peter Bauer Although this clip is five minutes long, and despite it’s weak ending, the first 4:45 are worth watching because it explains just how much commercial banks have invested in today’s major political plays.  I particularly like Peter DeFazio’s appearance at the beginning.

2nd Presidential Debate

By Peter BauerContributing Editor Here are a few closing thoughts about the debate tonight (in no real order). 1.  John McCain said "My Friend" 247 times.2.  When asked if Russia was an Evil Empire (yes or no), John McCain said "maybe."3.  Obama references Kennedy only slightly less than often than McCain name drops Reagan.4.  McCain… Read More