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reporting on year after year, as they reflect a bigger picture which
remains fairly constant, or the root causes of our problems which have
still not been addressed, or potentially powerful solutions which have
still never been tried.
Sunday, April 27, 2014 Piketty Is Rickety On Government Complicity (5 comments)
Government policy has accelerated the growing inequality. It has encouraged American companies to move their facilities, resources and paychecks abroad. The bottom line is that Piketty has done a great job of documenting the extent of inequality, and some of its causes. But he misses the degree to which bad government and central bank policy is responsible.
Friday, February 28, 2014 Roundup In 75% of Air and Water Sampled -- Causes Kidney Failure (10 comments)
Government agencies like the FDA go to great lengths to cover up the potential health damage from genetically modified foods, and to keep the consumer in the dark about what they're really eating. The largest German newspaper -- Süddeutsche Zeitung -- alleges that the U.S. government helped Monsanto attack the computers of activists opposed to genetically modified food.
Sunday, November 3, 2013 U.S. Points Out that Only Tyrants Treat Journalists As Terrorists " While Doing the Exact Same Thing (1 comments)
As part of the effort to suppress information which would reveal the government's hypocrisy, the American government -- like the British government -- is treating journalists as terrorists. Investigative reporting is actually treated like terrorism.
Journalism is not only being criminalized in America, but investigative reporting is actually treated like terrorism.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Bill to Curb NSA Spying Introduced Today (3 comments)
The USA Freedom Act creates an Office of the Special Advocate tasked with promoting privacy interests in the FISA Court's closed proceedings. The Office will be staffed by attorneys who are properly cleared to view the classified information considered by the FISA Court.
Sunday, October 27, 2013 The REAL Reason U.S. Targets Whistleblowers (2 comments)
Whistleblowers interfere with the government's ability to get away with hypocrisy. As two political science professors from George Washington University (Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore) show, the government is so hell-bent to punish Manning and Snowden because their leaks are putting an end to the ability of the US to use hypocrisy as a weapon.
Monday, September 23, 2013 Spy Agencies Are Doing WHAT? (2 comments)
You're much more likely to be killed by brain-eating amoeba, lightning or a toddler than by terrorism. Even President Obama admits that you're much less likely to be killed by terrorists than a car accident. So the government has resorted to lamer and lamer excuses to try to justify mass surveillance.
Saturday, August 24, 2013 Experts Doubt Syrian Chemical Weapons Claims (3 comments)
Why would Syria's Assad invite United Nations chemical weapons inspectors to Syria, then launch a chemical weapons attack against women and children on the very day they arrive, just miles from where they are staying?
Saturday, August 17, 2013 You Won't BELIEVE What's Going On with Government Spying on Americans (1 comments)
Revelations about the breathtaking scope of government spying are coming so fast that it's time for an updated roundup. The only way to fix things is to fire all of the corrupt government officials who let it happen. As the polls above show, the American public is starting to wake up to that fact.
Saturday, November 24, 2012 Top Economists Told Obama that Economic Recovery Required a Reduction In Private Debt (7 comments)
The government chose the big banks over the little guy, dooming both. The administration -- under the false banner of "homeowner relief" -- simply threw money at the big banks to "foam the runway" so they wouldn't suffer a crash landing. Forcing big banks, bondholders and other creditors to write down some of their bad debts is the only way out of our economic malaise.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Hamas Shouldn't Fire Rockets ... But Israel Has Violated HUNDREDS of UN Resolutions
Chris Hedges: "The continued presence of Israeli occupation forces defies nearly a hundred U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for them to withdraw. The Israeli blockade of Gaza, established in June 2007, is a brutal form of collective punishment that violates Article 33 of the Fourth 1949 Geneva Convention, which set up rules for the 'Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.'"
Friday, November 16, 2012 War In Gaza: Why Now? (5 comments)
This could be a prelude to an Israeli attack on Iran. By provoking Hamas into attacking, Israel might point to Hamas-backer Iran. Specifically, Israel may claim that pre-emptive strikes on Iran are "necessary" to undermine Hamas and make sure it doesn't obtain "weapons of mass destruction."
Sunday, November 11, 2012 Why Did CIA Director Petraeus Suddenly Resign...And Why Was the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Murdered? (2 comments)
Many sources confirm that the US consulate in Benghazi was mainly being used for a secret CIA operation. They say the State Department presence in Benghazi "provided diplomatic cover" for the previously hidden CIA mission. The timing of Petraeus' resignation becomes more interesting since he was scheduled to testify under oath next week before power House and Senate committees regarding the Benghazi consulate.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Guess Where These Beautiful Pictures Were Taken " (6 comments)
Iran obviously has problems and is far from perfect. But given the tidal wave of propaganda in the news which is doing everything possible to "demonize the enemy" to justify war, we think it is valuable to provide some balance and perspective. Maybe we should learn a little bit more before deciding whether or not to bomb Iran?
Monday, September 24, 2012 America -- and Western Civilization As a Whole -- Was Founded On a Conspiracy Theory (1 comments)
The entire idea of democracy -- going back to ancient Greece -- is based on a conspiracy theory: that leaders who make decisions without input from the public will not treat the people as well as if they have a chance to vote. This is another form of "separation of powers," as it creates checks and balances between the decision-making power of the government and that of the people.
Thursday, August 23, 2012 Are People Being Thrown Into Psychiatric Wards For Their Political Views?
Are we going to slide into Soviet levels of psychiatric detention of political dissidents? Unless the spread of psychiatric detention without due process of law is checked, the mere belief that the government is interfering with your liberty may become grounds for locking you away.
Thursday, August 9, 2012 Ter-ror-ism (Noun): When OTHER People Do What We Do (4 comments)
We have a long history of using bombs and violence as a way to scare the civilian populations into seeing things our way. But that is never labeled terrorism by the U.S. Instead, anyone who simply disagrees with U.S. policy (including those with the nerve to criticize the wars on brown-skinned people throughout North Africa and the Middle East planned 20 years ago) may be targeted with the terrorist label.
Saturday, August 4, 2012 Will the Peasants Go Medieval On Bankers? (5 comments)
We have argued for years that the best way to avoid violence is to reinstate the rule of law. Will public outrage at the Libor scandal and other financial misdeeds lead to fundamental reforms of the financial sector, or will we have to wait for a 21st century peasants' revolt before seeing any real change?