The Stall Has Arrived Sunday, 06 May 2012 12:45By Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Blog | Op-Ed The economy has stalled. Friday’s jobs report for April was even more disappointing than March. Employers added only 115,000 new jobs, down from March’s number (the Bureau of Labor Statistics revised the March number upward to [...]
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On OWS, Anarchism, Labor, Racism, Corporate Power and the Class War Talking With Chomsky by LAURA FLANDERS A CounterPunch Exclusive Noam Chomsky has not just been watching the Occupy movement. A veteran of the civil rights, anti-war, and anti-intervention movements of the 1960s through the 1980s, he’s given lectures [...]
The myth of ‘The Daddy Party’ Does the Republican party really foster America’s economic, military, intellectual progress?
Reagan‘s economics heralded a fundamental shift in the distribution of wealth in the United States [GALLO/GETTY] http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/04/201242271320671637.html San Pedro, CA - Karl Rove was infamous for the strategy of attacking the strengths of political opponents, rather than their weaknesses. The 2004 Swiftboat attack on John Kerry, a genuine war hero, was the classic example of this. [...]
. The Campaign to Privatize the World by David Macaray One of the biggest con games going on at the moment is the sustained attack on the U.S. public school system. It’s being perpetrated by predatory entrepreneurs (disguised as “concerned citizens” and “education reformers”) hoping to persuade the parents of school-age children that the only [...]
‘Big Government‘ Isn’t the Problem, Big Money Is By Robert Reich link http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30903.htm March 23, 2012 “The Nation” — Conservatives love to rail against “big government.” But the surge of cynicism engulfing the nation isn’t about government’s size. It flows from a growing perception that government doesn’t work for average people but [...]
The War on Comment: Doonesbury strip on Texas abortion law dropped by some US newspapers Several papers decline to use cartoon strip, which depicts state-required sonograms as Republican-approved rape
Part of the strip which has been rejected by several papers. Photograph: Doonesbury Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau has defended his cartoon strip about abortion, which several US newspapers are refusing to run, saying he felt compelled to respond to the way Republicans across America are undermining women’s healthcare rights. The strip, published on Monday and scheduled to run all [...]
Poll: Overwhelming US Opposition to Afghan War War ‘Not Worth the Cost’ by Jason Ditz, March 11, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum The regular Washington Post-ABC News poll on the war in Afghanistan is showing anoverwhelming popular opposition to the war, with some 60% of Americans now believing the [...]
Despite all of President Obama’s actions in support of Israel, and lack of follow through on any actions in support of Palestine, Republicans still accuse him of being anti-Israel [GALLO/GETTY] On a rare foray outside his native Texas, Governor Rick Perry accused US President Barack Obama of “appeasement” towards the Palestinians. Former New York City [...]
US Running on Myths, Lies, Deceptions and Distractions Republican Hypocrisy; Democratic Complicity; The Press’s Malfeasance; and Why You Don’t Have a Job and if You Do, Why it Doesn’t Pay Squat by John Atcheson The United States is headed for a plutocratic dystopia where a few gated communities sit like islands amidst a [...]
The Imperial Way American Decline in Perspective, Part 2 By Noam Chomsky Part 1 February 15, 2012 “Tom Dispatch ” – In the years of conscious, self-inflicted decline at home, “losses” continued to mount elsewhere. In the past decade, for the first time in 500 years, South America has taken successful steps [...]
. photo: Eric Lubbers Monkeys and Solons by Christopher Brauchli From an evolutionary point of view, man has stopped moving, if he ever did move. — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man Those who hated to see the primary come to an end in New Hampshire and, with it, the extensive coverage that small [...]
Photo Credit: todbaker Fracking on Shaky Ground: How Our Latest Fossil Fuel Addiction Is Linked to Earthquakes When the mayor of Youngstown, Ohio decides to buy earthquake insurance, you know we’ve got a big problem. January 9, 2012 | To what should be the surprise of no one, earthquakes caused by the junkie gas sector’s hydraulic fracturing process, [...]
AFP photo Rick Santorum won’t win in New Hampshire. The latest polls suggest the best he will do is finish third – but for a man voters struggled to identify just a few weeks ago, he has, through hard work and dogged campaigning, elbowed his way into the top tier of challengers for the Republican [...]
na Military Spending: Bang for the Buck? Bob Pollin: Military vs Education spending, how many jobs does one billion dollars create Fault Lines: Politics, Religion and the Tea Party As the race to be the Republican nominee in the 2012 Presidential election heats up, Fault lines follows the Iowa campaign trail Where is [...]
Book Examines America’s Turn from Science, Warns of Danger for Democracy by Renee Schoof WASHINGTON — Americans have trouble dealing with science, and one place that’s especially obvious is in presidential campaigns, says Shawn Lawrence Otto, who tried, with limited success, to get the candidates to debate scientific questions in the 2008 [...]
Newt Gingrich. (AFP) By Jason Lange MANCHESTER, NH (Reuters) — “I’m speaking as a historian.” It’s a common refrain in Newt Gingrich’s speeches, a not-so-subtle reminder of the image he seeks to build as a Republican presidential candidate: that of a serious thinker whose opinions are rooted in an appreciation of the past. [...]
Apparently he missed the beat of the voodoo rhythm economics but there really is no difference between the fixes the money comes from the people or its just created.
For those of you who believe or would like to believe that capitalism is really amenable to fixes by putting more money into the system this is an article of interest. However, when you are dealing with an economy totally geared to stealing the money of the people from the general fund as well as [...]
It’s now clear that the Republican frontrunner in the race for the White House is Israeli Prime MinisterNetanyahu. Officially the two Republican frontrunners are Newt “the Palestinians are an invented people” Gingrich andMitt ”Obama has pushed Israel under a bus” Romney. Both are political whores locked in a competition of their own as well as with President Obama for Zionist lobby organized campaign funds and [...]
Saving lives – and billions – in Afghanistan The Merkley amendment to withdraw troops will save American lives and money – and it’s in line with public opinion.
The Merkley proposal could save $200bn by ending operations in Afghanistan two years early [EPA] It never ceases to amaze when you constantly read that ending murder and destruction is good even if most of the good is the saving of money. In one way the general fund so constantly looted and stolen from by [...]
US millionaires say ‘raise our taxes’ A 138-strong wealthy group launches appeal to congress to “do the right thing” for the sake of the nation. See the video
US millionaires say ‘raise our taxes‘ A 138-strong wealthy group launches appeal to congress to “do the right thing” for the sake of the nation. See the video at http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2011/11/2011111755511598900.html Nearly 140 millionaires have asked a divided US congress to increase their taxes for the sake of the nation. “Please do [...]
Image via Wikipedia The Not-So-Great Debaters How did the GOP candidates stack up on the first real foreign policy debate? On incoherence, bombast, and platitudes — pretty darn well, actually. BY MICHAEL COHEN | NOVEMBER 14, 2011 One of the chief complaints made about the Republican presidential debates thus far has been [...]
We Are Already at War With Iran and Failing to Struggle to End It By davidswanson - Posted on 14 November 2011 In this past weekend’s festival of idiocy known as the Republican Presidential Debate, one of the more idiotic of the idiots Newt Gingrich said that if he were president he would murder Iranians [...]
Herman Cain, as a black conservative, must be more radical than his rivals to break the waves [GALLO/GETTY] Everyone’s going after Ann Coulter – and rightly so – for her racist comments on the “Hannity” show. Asked why liberals and Democrats are up in arms over the sexual harassment allegations that have been levelled against GOP [...]
Nature is the 99%, too The economy is built on the idea of relentless growth, which is an environmental and health disaster for all but the 1%.
An ever-growing economy requires ever-growing supplies of natural resources – unfortunately, the planet we live on has a finite amount of resources [GALLO/GETTY] What if rising sea levels are yet another measure of inequality? What if the degradation of our planet’s life-support systems – its atmosphere, oceans and biosphere – goes hand in hand with [...]
The radical power of just showing up The Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street movements show that simply standing together can achieve real results.
Occupy Wall Street is “a refusal … to conform to an imposed script of appropriate citizen behaviour” [GALLO/GETTY] The Arab Spring initiated a jarring series of events in 2011 that illustrate the radical political possibilities of just being present. When the regime won’t listen, when being heard as an individual isn’t really a viable option, [...]
Endless war and hegemony in the US the people pay. It is the same the world over. You either die for it or pay for it.
Barack Obama, the US president, said the vote was not the end of the fight for the measure The US Senate has rejected President Barack Obama’s job creation package, in a sign that Washington is unlikely to take major steps to spur hiring before the 2012 elections. The $447bn package of tax cuts and new spending failed by [...]
What’s Missing: Non-Electoral Politics By David Swanson http://warisacrime.org/content/non-electoral-politics Lately, the phrase “public servants” has struck me as ironic, not because government officials fail to serve the public, but because much of the public serves them. The public is the servants. Activist groups and individuals devote themselves to bettering the fortunes of political parties or politicians, [...]
All the criminals in their coats and their ties are free to drink martinis and to watch the sunrise. Obama and a jobs plan
Barack Obama unveils $447bn jobs plan President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of Congress. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters President uses televised address to urge Republicans to end ‘political circus’ and approve American Jobs Act to bring down unemployment reddit this Ewen MacAskill guardian.co.uk, Friday 9 September 2011 01.35 BST Article history Barack Obama used [...]
Pentagon lands extra $50 billion out of debt deal By Stephen C. WebsterTuesday, August 2nd, 2011 — 11:06 am Out of a bill that was supposed to cut government spending and waste wherever it is found, lawmakers managed to cobble together an additional $50 billion for the U.S. Defense Department‘s budget, using an accounting trick [...]
Life as President of the world can get tough,”Barack Obama has not slept for a week” Tell that to all the dead and dying in the Middle East and the South
Barack Obama has not slept for a week because of worries over the US budget. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images ( Seems life for a warmonger gets tougher by the minute, perhaps he should play with the dog. Even war criminals feel the heat and need a rest, forget about the countless numbers that have suffered [...]
President Barack Obama has pinned his hopes on Senate leaders to reach an eleventh hour agreement to raise US debt ceiling. Photograph Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images Barack Obama cleared his diary for the weekend on Friday night to try to find a deal on the US debt crisis as Congress prepared to stay in session ready [...]
The nonsense of debt is being used to limit or extinguish human rights. The rich still get richer the rest do what they must
Fallout from the collapse of the housing bubble is the main reason US debt has increased so precipitously since 2008 [GALLO/GETTY] Policy debates in Washington are moving ever further from reality as a small elite is moving to strip benefits that the vast majority need and support. The battle over raising the debt ceiling is playing [...]
Debt ceiling talks between Barack Obama and John Boehner have broken down, throwing the US into economic uncertainty. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP The US is on the brink of a major economic crisis after negotiations between Barack Obama and Republican Congressional leaders over the national debt dramatically broke downon Friday. Obama, showing anger, passion and [...]
An economic Armageddon? In the end it is the elite will decide who is to be sacrificed first. Can you put up with that?
Boehner, the House speaker, said it is time for Obama to ‘step up’ his efforts to find a solution to the debt crisis [AFP] Watching the pretences of the political underlings to the elite pretending to have any real say in what will happen to the monster cancer of capital would be amusing if the effects [...]
Obama has proposed to slice trillions of dollars from social security programmes, but wants tax increase for rich [EPA] As an August deadline looms before his government to pay its debt, the US president has said “time is running out”. “We’re running out of time. That’s the main concern that I have at this point,” Barack Obama said on [...]
Barack Obama looks up at a White House press conference in which he called upon Republicans to act in the interest of the country over borrowing talks. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Barack Obama has warned of “significant consequences” for the US economy if stalled financial negotiations lead to Congress failing to permit more government borrowing and America [...]
The US debt. Another way for hiding exactly what the elites do to get your money and then how they completely misrepresent how much is owed.
Sally Kohn: “Don’t Believe the Hype About U.S. Debt” Share282 Vice President Joe Biden met with congressional negotiators last Thursday to discuss ways to curb the federal deficit and permit new borrowing after August 2, the day the U.S. government is expected to reach its $14.3 trillion borrowing limit. Democrats want to curb the federal [...]
Is Donald Trump the most bizarre US presidential candidate ever? With incendiary comments on Iraq, Libya and Obama‘s birth, the property tycoon has livened up the Republicans’ search for a 2012 candidate Share337 Comments (125) Paul Harris New York guardian.co.uk, Saturday 30 April 2011 23.30 BST Article history Donald Trump speaks to GOP women’s [...]
There has always been a factor of rot and decay in imperialism. Both of these influence what is usually a short lived, at least in historical terms, rise to ascendency by a particular group or country. Previously the course of imperial conquest could be measured or at least seen by the trail of war and slaughter [...]
A Twelve Year Plan From a Guy With Two Left By David Swanson http://warisacrime.org/content/twelve-year-plan-guy-two-left Obama‘s speech on the deficit on Wednesday was a flop. He proposed to end no wars, make no serious cuts to the military, REDUCE corporate taxes, tax no estates or investments, raise no taxes on any billionaires, and give an unelected [...]