Saturday, January 25, 2014 The Fukushima Secrecy Syndrome -- From Japan to America (14 comments)
There is good reason why the New York Times continues to cover the deteriorating conditions in the desolate, evacuated Fukushima area. Our country has licensed many reactors here with the same designs and many of the same inadequate safety and inspection standards. Some reactors here are near earthquake faults with surrounding populations which cannot be safely evacuated in case of serious damage to the electric plant.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Can Right and Left Rally Against Walmart? (3 comments)
One of the most profitable corporations in America is having a holiday food drive. But wait... there's a catch. The food drive is for the company's own underpaid, poverty-stricken workers. You really can't make this stuff up
Friday, November 8, 2013 The Dynastic Hillary Bandwagon -- Bad for America (8 comments)
Does the future of our country benefit from another Clinton, almost indistinguishable from Barack Obama's militaristic, corporatist policies garnished by donors from Wall Street and other plutocratic canyons? Full Medicare for all, cracking down on corporate abuses, a fairer tax system, a broad public works program, a living wage, access to justice, citizen empowerment, clean election - these are what the American people want.
Friday, October 18, 2013 The Democrats Can't Defend the Country from the Retrograde GOP (10 comments)
There is another story about how all this gridlock came to be, fronted by the question: "Why didn't the Democrats landslide the cruelest, most ignorant, big-business-indentured Republican Party in its history during the 2010 and 2012 Congressional elections?
Friday, September 6, 2013 Stopping Barry O'Bombers Rush to War (1 comments)
Dear President Obama:
Little did your school boy chums in Hawaii, watching you race up and down the basketball court, know how prescient they were when they nicknamed you "Barry O'Bomber".
Little did your fellow Harvard Law Review editors, who elected you to lead that venerable journal, ever imagine that you could be a president who chronically violates the Constitution, federal statutes, international treaties...
Saturday, August 31, 2013 Obama: You Cannot Start a War by Yourself (3 comments)
Dear President Obama:
Before you decide to attack Syria, yet another Arab or Islamic country that does not threaten U.S. security, there are certain constitutional "niceties" that you should observe. Chronically violating the Constitution overturns the rule of law and can produce costly blowbacks.
Monday, August 5, 2013 Love, Corporate-Style (4 comments)
Our corporate "friends" are all around us. They are dominating our publicly owned airwaves with their slogans, filling our skies with their logos on billboards, showing up on the sides of city buses, and collecting our browsing preferences so as to better appeal to us on the internet.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Toward a Living Legacy for Nelson Mandela Now (1 comments)
Nelson Mandela's exceptional and exemplary life has and will produce worldwide celebrations of his extremely unique blend of character, personality and resolve for broad-gauged justice. To truly memorialize his contributions, however, requires grand actions. Taking immediate recognition of the deep wellsprings of respect, affection and sorrow over the loss of his leadership to the people of South Africa and the world...
Saturday, June 1, 2013 Kerry Should Get Israeli Peace Leaders Before Congress (1 comments)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is outwardly going through the motions of supporting peace negotiations but demands preconditions and no cessation of expanding Israeli colonies in Palestine. Netanyahu knows how to play the U.S. government like a harp. He talks about negotiations for peace, but remains intransigent.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 More Exposes, Less Action (4 comments)
We are in a golden age of exposes, detailed revelations about out-of-control polluters, corporate tax escapees, corruption of government, cheating of consumers, abandonment of workers, freezing or reduction of wages, and a general hijacking of America for perpetual wars, militarism and profiteering.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Patriotic Yardsticks for Unpatriotic Giant Corporations (1 comments)
Mega corporations have abandoned U.S. workers by entrenching "pull-down" trade agreements that make it easier than ever to ship jobs and whole industries to fascist and communist regimes abroad which keep their workers near serfdom. Having wages that go backwards into the future means workers cannot afford the basic necessities of life for themselves and their children.
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Boston, Texas and Corporate Criminal Justice (3 comments)
The Houston Chronicle reported last week that for years before the explosion that destroyed the West Fertilizer Co. facility, "neighbors had repeatedly called state authorities with complaints about leaks, the odor of ammonia and concerns about a nearby middle school and nursing home."
Sunday, April 21, 2013 He Is Comfortable With Bush's Inferno
The lawless legacy of George W. Bush continues under Obama. The Presidential outlawry continues as a bipartisan dissolution of our constitutional system because the vast majority of "we the people" are not demanding our constitutionally sovereign power. For the first time, President Barack Obama claims to have the right to assassinate an American citizen in his sole secret judgment as prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 Time for a Sales Tax on Wall Street (2 comments)
Despite all the lasting harm caused by the casino capitalists, the big banks are now bigger, richer and more powerful than they were when they were bailed out in late 2008. The only ones who were punished were the U.S. taxpayers, who footed the $600 billion bill for the excesses of Wall Street. Brazenly, many firms still continue to gamble with other people's money.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 America's Miserly Minimum Wage Needs an Upgrade (9 comments)
Poll after poll has shown overwhelming American support--70%--for increasing the minimum wage. All that is standing in the way is Congress. Thirty-nine House Republicans and 24 Republican senators voted to increase the minimum wage in 2007. The moral and economic reasons to increase the lagging minimum wage haven't changed.
Friday, April 12, 2013 The Fate of All Empires: Two Obamas, Two Classes of Children (2 comments)
When Barack Obama starts writing his lucrative autobiographical recollections, there may be a few pages where he explains how he endured this double life ordering so-called precision attacks that kill many innocent children and their mothers and fathers while mourning domestic mass killings in the U.S. and advocating gun controls.
Monday, April 8, 2013 The Cruelty of Big Business (3 comments)
We must address the reckless behavior of Wall Street and the excesses of big corporations by placing more cops on the corporate beat and giving them the resources necessary to do their jobs. The alternative is allowing the gamblers on Wall Street and the grossly overpaid CEO's of multinational corporations to continue to take, shred or stall the remaining regulatory system and run our country into the ground.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 How Big Corporations Are Unpatriotic (8 comments)
Giant U.S. companies are strip-mining America in numerous ways, starting with the corporate tax base. By shifting more of their profits abroad to "tax-haven" countries (like the Cayman Islands) through transfer pricing and other gimmicks, and by lobbying many other tax escapes through Congress, they can report record profits in the U.S. with diminishing tax payments.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 The Cruel Gap Between CEO Pay and the Stagnant Minimum Wage (2 comments)
According to a recent Gallup poll, over 70 percent of the American public support raising the minimum wage. Many economists agree that it would stimulate the economy through larger sales volume, not harm it. Large companies such as Walmart and McDonald's (who employ over two-thirds of low wage workers) have profited off the backs of the working poor for far too long.
Sunday, March 10, 2013 Why Are Democrats So Defeatist? (8 comments)
There is no effort by the Democratic leadership to question the failed strategies of 2010 and 2012. For 2014, it is likely to be more of the same: raising the money and taking care not to offend business interests by talking vaguely about the middle class and ignoring the growing poorer classes that are the Democratic Party's natural constituency.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 Perils of the Keystone XL Pipeline Confront Obama (1 comments)
On Feb 17, 48 people, including Bill McKibben and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., were arrested for open, non-violent civil disobedience mostly for refusing U.S. Park Police orders to keep moving on the White House's sidewalk (with some protestors actually attaching themselves to the fence in front of the White House).
This past weekend, McKibben was back at the White House with more than 40,000 anti-Keystone XL protestors...
Thursday, February 7, 2013 Condemning the U.S. Postal Service's Move to End Saturday Delivery (2 comments)
The U.S. Postal Service today continued its tradition, under Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, of shooting itself in the foot. The only question that remains is: When will the madness end? By ending Saturday letter delivery in August 2013, as the USPS has proposed, millions of customers who take advantage of its services will be harmed, mail service will be slowed, and the USPS's current death spiral will deepen.
Saturday, January 5, 2013 The Best Solution For Climate Change Is a Carbon Tax (15 comments)
The potential for utter devastation in loss of life, fertile farmland, and infrastructure if climate deniers are wrong is too high to ignore. Spending part of the revenues from a carbon tax on incentives for displacement by clean energy, we would stimulate the economy, create jobs, and improve people's overall health by reducing the pollution they and their children have to breathe.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 Waiting for Obama, Democrats Will Lose the House (5 comments)
Do the Democrats in Congress feel free to go it alone? Just the opposite. Before they open up new issues, new reforms and new fronts, they've decided to capitulate and wait for Obama to take the first visible step. Yet Obama, ever cautious and conflict-averse, does not make the first move.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 Barack to Mitt: Corporations Run the Economy (7 comments)
You have declared that "Washington has become an impediment to economic growth." Why then don't you be specific, name and support an end to the vast array of corporate subsidies, handouts, bailouts and inflated government contracts, especially from the defense industry? Imagine what your friends on Wall Street and in Houston would think of you after that burst of candor.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 Not a gaffe, but the real Romney (4 comments)
If the Democrats are anything but inept and defeatist, they will wrap Romney around Congressman Paul Ryan, his vice-presidential nominee, and recover the Congress in November. The Romney-Ryan campaign is now hanging by a few threads, unmasked even before those millions of American voters who dutifully vote for politicians who disrespect and betray their economic plight and political powerlessness once in office.
Sunday, August 26, 2012 US Media: Examine Thyself (2 comments)
The media coverage of the Presidential campaigns is a dreary repetition of past coverage. Stuck in a rut and garnished by press cynicism and boredom, media groupthink becomes more ossified every four years.
Sunday, August 12, 2012 The Democratic Party Sleeps on FDR's Legacy (5 comments)
Calling Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the Democratic Party, elected officials, political operatives and labor's leader Richard Trumka. Thirty million American workers want and need a federal minimum wage of $10 per hour, which is slightly less than their predecessors got in 1968 -- yes 1968 -- adjusted for inflation. What will it take for you to make this a priority?
Thursday, July 26, 2012 Obama/Romney: Start Debating the Prison-Industrial Complex (3 comments)
One in four U.S. prisoners are behind bars for nonviolent drug offenses--the majority arrested for mere possession, not production or sale. Instead of wanting more prisoners and treating them in such ways that when they get out they are too unskilled and damaged to overcome the society's exclusionary pressures that half of them end up back in jail, they should be training these prisoners to be contributing members of society.
Thursday, July 5, 2012 Jolting the Democratic Party from Its Stupor (31 comments)
The coming days await a new and open jolting push by prominent outside Democrats who fervently want to wrench their party back from the abyss, from its own self-imposed sense of dread before a devastating, self-inflicted November defeat.
Thursday, June 21, 2012 What About Some Corporate Patriotism! (2 comments)
The bosses of these companies believe they can have it both ways -- getting all the benefits of their native country while shipping whole industries and jobs to communist and fascist regimes abroad that keep their workers in serf-like conditions.
Friday, June 1, 2012 Obama at Large: Where Are the Lawyers? (12 comments)
People in countries we target know what we must remember. We are their occupiers, invaders, powerful supporters for decades of their own brutal tyrants. We're in their backyard, which more than any other impetus spawned al-Qaeda in the first place. Lawyers of America, what is your breaking point? When will you uphold your oath of office and work to restore constitutional authorities and boundaries?
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 The Rise of Re-Use (1 comments)
Last week I read that the glitzy world of virtual reality created instant multi-millionaires and several billionaires when Facebook went public selling shares.
Last week I also noted the important real world problem of some 250 million tons of solid waste a year in our country alone.
Guess which "world" gets the most investment, status, fame, klieg lights, and attention of the skilled classes and the power structure?
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 The Greediness of Brain Drain (2 comments)
The hatred of public education designed into current Conservative values is self defeating & virtually guarantees a "brain drain" away from where jobs are most needed- here in the U.S.
Saturday, March 31, 2012 If Big Labor Would But Fight, Millions Would Join Them on the Ramparts (3 comments)
What is the AFL-CIO waiting for? Talk is not enough. Resources and muscular lobbying are required along with far more relevant and tough public advertisements than your members are seeing and paying for on TV these days. Enough, already, of the general feel-good mood spots on TV.
Friday, March 9, 2012 Gouged at the Pump (14 comments)
Obama and Energy Secretary Chu keep saying that there is enough oil in world markets and that speculatively-driven higher oil prices are undermining the U.S. economic recovery. Yet Mr. Obama seems unwilling to fully use his administration's existing authority to crack down on the surging speculation.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 Congress Needs to Get to Work (3 comments)
This year, Congress will spend well over $3 billion on its own expenses to do nothing of significance other than shift more debt to individual taxpayers by depleting the social security payroll tax by over $100 billion so both parties can say they enacted a tax cut! That is what the Democrats in Congress and the President call a significant accomplishment.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Iran: The Neocons Are At It Again (4 comments)
The same neocons who persuaded George W. Bush and crew to, in Ron Paul's inimitable words, "lie their way into invading Iraq" in 2003, are beating the drums of war more loudly these days to attack Iran. It is remarkable how many of these war-mongers are former draft dodgers who wanted other Americans to fight the war in Vietnam.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Time to Allow Farmers to Once Again Start Growing Hemp (7 comments)
Not only does hemp have a wide range of uses, but its cultivation in the United States could help to spur our lagging economy. Since the cultivation of hemp is outlawed in the United States, the U.S. market for hemp and hemp-based products is entirely dependent upon imports.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Putting the Lie to the Republicans (3 comments)
Wake up Democrats. Learn the political art of truthful repetition to counter the cruelest Republicans who ever crawled up Capitol Hill. You've got massive, documented materials to put the Lie to the Republicans.
Saturday, September 3, 2011 The Empire is Eating Itself -- Painful Lessons From 9/11 (14 comments)
We the people have not exercised our civic duties enough to make our representatives in Congress fulfill their obligations under the Constitution to decide whether we go to war and act as a watchdog of the president's conduct. The Libyan war was decided and funded by President Obama without congressional approval.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 Tar Sands Arrests on Obama's Doorstep (1 comments)
At moments of reflection, those 1,000 citizens standing tall before the White House must look up at the sun and all the forms of available renewable energy it gave this planet zillions of years ago and wonder how nuts our life-sustaining star must think Earthlings have been all these years.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Verizon; Going Increasingly Wireless and Increasingly Shameless (2 comments)
Here are just a few of the concessions the new Verizon CEO, Lowell McAdam, is insisting upon:
-More power to contract out and offshore jobs to add to the 25,000 already in that category; thereby undermining job security.
-a freeze on pensions;
-elimination of the sickness and death benefit program;
-reduction in sick days;
-major increase in employee contributions to and deductibles under their health insurance coverage
Friday, August 12, 2011 Ray Anderson: Enlightened CEO and Environmentalist (2 comments)
The loss of Ray Anderson at age 77 took from our country the greatest CEO, the greatest engineer, the greatest hands-on educator of industry making peace with the planet, of them all.
Monday, August 8, 2011 Call it the "TEA PARTY Downgrade" (24 comments)
these House and Senate Tea Partiers are like mad dogs -- at times even beyond control of their political and corporate masters. Fanatics neither think nor blink in their hostage politics.
Monday, July 18, 2011 The Corporate Supreme Court; Time For Impeachment (60 comments)
Five Supreme Court Justices--Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito and Kennedy are entrenching, in a whirlwind of judicial dictates, judicial legislating and sheer ideological judgments, a mega-corporate supremacy over the rights and remedies of individuals.
The artificial entity called "the corporation" has no mention in our Constitution whose preamble starts with "We the People," not "We the Corporation."
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 Discussing a Taboo Subject; Mandatory Voting (9 comments)
The first nationally televised debate (C-SPAN) on the subject of mandatory voting, or voting duty, occurred in Washington D.C. on June 27, 2011 Why did it take so long? Because discussing this topic has been a taboo in electoral, legislative and main media arenas.
Saturday, June 18, 2011 Waging Another Unconstitutional War (7 comments)
In 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama stated that "the president does not have any power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." Vice President Biden was even more vehement on this issue. And Secretary of Defense Robert Gates originally opposed the attack on Libya before falling in line.
Thursday, May 26, 2011 Revitalizing the AFL-CIO (1 comments)
Mr. Obama promised labor in 2008 to press for a $9.50 federal minimum wage by 2011, and the Employee Free Choice Act, especially "card check," and then forgot about both commitments.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Taking Progressives for Granted (10 comments)
Cuomo calls himself "a progressive Democrat who's broke." A progressive Democrat would push for sacrifice at the wealthy top and work down if necessary.
Sunday, March 20, 2011 Nuclear Nightmare (4 comments)
Japan's nightmare should be a wake up call for Americans.We need to deal with issues associated with nuclear enery now.
Monday, March 14, 2011 In The Public Interest: PBS-NPR-Leaning Right (2 comments)
National Public Radio has been moving right for years. Americans don't seem to understand NPR belongs to them while the corporate welfare bums like Hannity & Limbaugh get richer & richer.
Saturday, February 19, 2011 Time to Topple Corporate Dictators (23 comments)
America needs to follow the example of Egypt today and look in the mirror to find who can rescue the USA from runaway corporate control. Big business is successfully rewriting the nation's charter to assign power, rights and wealth to themselves and their puppets in government and media. Show up now at polls, rallies, marches and public hearings because it's exactly what Jefferson would do.
Monday, December 27, 2010 Pharmaceutical Industry Fraud (2 comments)
In the past, the Pentagon took top honors at being most effective at defrauding the government,now it's the pharmaceutical companies.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Wikimania and the First Amendment (10 comments)
Wasn't it Jefferson who said that "information is the currency of democracy" and that, given a choice between government and a free press, he'll take the latter? Secrecy-keeping the people and Congress in the dark-is the cancer eating at the vitals of democracy.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 Majority of One (6 comments)
Last Friday, Sanders tore the covers off an oligarchic driven Congress and a concessionary President with eight-and-a-half hours of non-stop presentations of facts and figures and a plea for fairness and justice. His goal was not heated rhetoric, though he showed deep moral indignation, but to attempt to rally the American people "to voice their feelings" to their members of Congress via phone calls, letters and e-mails.