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Entries from May 31st, 2010

Greed

May 31st, 2010 · Comments Off on Greed · Capitalism, Corporations and Industry, Economics, Jobs, Taxes, Wall Street

“The time has come” the walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes–and ships–and sealing wax– Of cabbages–and kings– And why the sea is boiling hot– And whether pigs have wings.” –Lewis Carroll, “The Walrus and the Carpenter.” Ah, yes, let’s distract from the abstract. Let’s diffuse, distort, dissemble and dismember our rationality. Let’s […]

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The Dangerous Game

May 29th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Dangerous Game · Capitalism, Corporations and Industry, Economics, Labor, Media, Politics, Populism, Wall Street, Wars and Militarism

Anarchy is the absence of government. It could be a placid, pastoral society or it could be the wild, wild West. The fact is, however, that it is dangerous to contemplate anarchy unless you can be certain which it will be. You may call the Soviet Union a state that grew out of a Communist […]

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Lies and Misunderstandings

May 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on Lies and Misunderstandings · Corporations and Industry, Entertainment, Media, Politics, Populism

When are we going to grow up as a nation? We have an entire media spectrum…that is, all the radio stations and all the television stations and channels and podcasts and people blathering on street corners and in coffee shops….and there is no substance, no facts and very little concern for the truth. Just stop […]

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Neoconservative Vs. Liberal

May 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on Neoconservative Vs. Liberal · Corporations and Industry, Economics, Lobbying, Politics, Populism, Wall Street

Let’s make some distinctions, shall we, so that when Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin or some other anti-American, pro-internationalist, pro-corporate hack comes on television to dissemble about the distinctions between Neoconservative and Liberal we will have our foundations clear. In no particular order, let’s take the differences one at a time between Neoconservatives and Liberals. […]

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Sarah in Wonderland with the Mad Hatter

May 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on Sarah in Wonderland with the Mad Hatter · Corporations and Industry, Media, Politics

They’re called Neoconservatives. Some of them on the far Right are called tea baggers or members of the “Tea Party.” Before we get started, let’s remember what the Tea Party is. This is a group of Mad Hatters, wildly scampering about the landscape of the country, willy-nilly, without a clue as to what is really […]

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Using Public Jobs to Stimulate Private Enterprise

May 21st, 2010 · Comments Off on Using Public Jobs to Stimulate Private Enterprise · Corporations and Industry, Economics, Energy, Jobs, Populism

During the Presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama said he would spend $210 to create 5 million jobs. This was something like 500,000 jobs a year over ten years. In green jobs and in construction related to green jobs and infrastructure. And that’s nice. But we need 5 million jobs now. NOW. And here’s how we […]

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Truth and Freedom of the Press

May 21st, 2010 · Comments Off on Truth and Freedom of the Press · Media, Politics

It might surprise some people to learn that according to an organization called Reporters without Borders, a group that monitors freedom of the press across all nations, the United States ranks 20th in freedom of the press, behind Denmark, Sweden, and others. But you run out of the very liberal Scandinavian countries after five, so […]

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The Iraq War. Flesh and Blood.

May 20th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Iraq War. Flesh and Blood. · International affairs, Politics, Wars and Militarism

The war in Iraq was a mistake. Whatever point of view one takes, there is no real benefit to us any longer to have troops in Iraq. They should come home as soon as possible. But that is not the end of it. We need to tell the rest of the world we’re sorry. We’re […]

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A Radical Proposal: Peace and Justice

May 18th, 2010 · Comments Off on A Radical Proposal: Peace and Justice · Courts and the Law, International affairs, Politics, Wars and Militarism

This is about war and peace. Yes, the most important thing today is more jobs. That is the very first item that should be on the White House agenda every morning and every afternoon and every evening. That is number one. And there are good and relatively simple ways to create jobs and really jump-start […]

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It Can Happen Here. It’s Happening Now.

May 16th, 2010 · Comments Off on It Can Happen Here. It’s Happening Now. · Corporations and Industry, International affairs, Lobbying, Politics, Wall Street

First they came after our land. Then they came after our trees. Then they came after our money. Now they want to take our water. The Gulf of Mexico is now polluted and large parts are becoming unusable for life-sustaining fishing as we speak. The people of Mississippi and Louisiana, parts of Florida and Texas […]

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Wake Up, America!

May 14th, 2010 · Comments Off on Wake Up, America! · Corporations and Industry, Lobbying, Media, Politics, Wall Street

When will Americans finally wake up? Corporations have taken over the United States. The Republican Party has become, as Anthony Weiner said, in his complete frustration during the health care debate. “a wholly owned subsidiary of the health insurance business.” Today, May 14, 2010, an oil spill from a company that makes billions of dollars […]

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Debts, Lies and Obstructionism

May 12th, 2010 · Comments Off on Debts, Lies and Obstructionism · Corporations and Industry, Energy, Politics

No mistake about it. We are in crisis mode. No matter what the stock market or the boys knocking down millions on Wall Street say…we are in an economic crisis. And we are in a political crisis. We have trillions of debt that we need to pay off. We owe about $12.8 trillion of which […]

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Jobs, Wages and the Urgent Need for Unions

May 8th, 2010 · Comments Off on Jobs, Wages and the Urgent Need for Unions · Corporations and Industry, Economics, Jobs, Labor, Politics, Populism

Where are the jobs? And where is new union legislation? We need both and we need them now. We have a minimum of 15 million people out of work. We have an economy that created 230,000 jobs in March and 290,000 in April and unemployment still went from 9.7% to 9.9%. But what about the […]

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May 1910 to May 2010–100 Years of…Progress?

May 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on May 1910 to May 2010–100 Years of…Progress? · Corporations and Industry, Economics, General, Politics, Populism, Wall Street, Wars and Militarism

By 1910, the United States had changed from a collection of states along the Atlantic Coast and a group of Southern slavery states to an emerging nation spreading across the entire continent. There were only three major cities: New York, Chicago and Philadelphia with over a million population. There were half a dozen other metropolitan […]

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Halliburton, Again.

May 5th, 2010 · Comments Off on Halliburton, Again. · Corporations and Industry, Courts and the Law

When the smoke cleared at the site of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a name appeared in the various stories of the even. It is a name long familiar to those in the oil industry for more than 80 years and also familiar to some in the general public. But not […]

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