(11 comments) Thursday, February 26, 2015 Bernie Sanders: "I'm Prepared to Take on the Billionaire Class"
Bernie pointed out that we have been winning on issue after issue. We need to give ourselves more credit. We elected and re-elected a black man, and there are now more and more women in Congress. Conservative states are allowing gay marriage. It's on the economic front that we are losing. Bernie believes that if we can stand together, we can defeat the billionaire class.
Sunday, November 23, 2014 Jerusalem: where religion divides but lives are entwined
In a city like Jerusalem, contested by three major faiths, religion has always been at the forefront of conflict. Murder in the act of prayer -- as has happened this week -- certainly provides a chilling symbolism of the rifts. But religion colors many aspects of everyday life and identity in Jerusalem.
(24 comments) Tuesday, November 11, 2014 How to Scrap the Two-Party System in Three Steps
Lots of people feel understandably hamstrung after the midterm elections. It's obvious the Republicans don't represent anyone but the billionaires who bought their seats for them, and everyone is sick and tired of Democrats taking bribes from those same billionaires, and curling up in the fetal position to get kicked around without putting up a fight.
Monday, November 10, 2014 Putting a Stop to the New Cold War
Gorbachev sees a timely lesson for today in the political dialog and active diplomacy that brought a peaceful end to the first Cold War. He even sees the possibility of negotiating with Big Bad Vlad, whose recent speech in Sochi seriously ruffled feathers.
(2 comments) Sunday, November 9, 2014 The Republican Senate Will Love Loretta Lynch
There's really no question about whether or not Lynch will survive her senate confirmation hearing. Bankers everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the president's pick for the nation's top lawyer won't try to put any of them in jail. The senators they sponsored in the last election cycle will likely confirm her with haste.
(2 comments) Monday, November 3, 2014 David Bronner Gives $1 Million to Fight Big Ag in GMO Labeling Vote
Over 99% of GMO crops in US soil are engineered to survive high doses of herbicide and/or produce their own insecticide. Overdosing our farms in pesticides has rapidly created a resistance in target weed and insect populations, so now we have "superweeds" and "superbugs" that aren't killed with normal doses of pesticides. We have the right to know if our food is engineered to be saturated in pesticides.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 How Chris Christie Destroyed New Jersey's Economy and Middle Class
Chris Christie, the virulent class warrior who bestows bountiful gifts upon his rich benefactors and calls the Koch Brothers "great Americans" while simultaneously punishing the middle class, represents the new face of the GOP -- hard-nosed, stubborn, and eager to blame drastic economic conditions on those preyed upon by his biggest campaign donors.
Monday, October 13, 2014 9 Good Reasons to Ban Fracking Immediately
Until we come together and put a stop to fracking by direct action, banning fracking in our cities and states and using clean energy, fracking will continue to deplete every everything we have until it's too late.
(3 comments) Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Mitch McConnell Is the Cancer of the U.S. Senate
McConnell, in just his most recent term, is responsible for over 25 percent of all the Senate filibusters since 1787. McConnell is literally a cancerous tumor on the Senate, collecting a six-figure paycheck while depleting all hope of progress as long as he's in office.
(9 comments) Wednesday, October 1, 2014 The Election Is a Month Away. F*cking. Vote.
Republican strategy to win control of the Senate, and by default, control of the entire legislative branch of our government, is to prevent as many people as possible from voting. This further proves that our votes matter, that having poor people and people of color vote scares the sh*t out of bad politicians, and that every vote counts.
Monday, September 22, 2014 What Does Corporate Personhood Have to Do With Climate Change? Everything.
This problem can be fixed by pursuing a simply-worded constitutional amendment. It must state that constitutional rights are only intended for human beings, not artificial entities like corporations. And it must also state that money is property, not free speech, and can be regulated in elections and ballot initiatives.
(1 comments) Sunday, September 21, 2014 13 Rules for Making Documentary Films
Laughter is a way to alleviate the pain of what you know to be the truth. And if we're trying to be truth tellers as filmmakers, then for God's sake, what is wrong with giving the audience a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down? It's hard enough for people to have to think about these issues and grapple with them, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with letting them laugh, because laughter is cathartic.
(3 comments) Wednesday, September 17, 2014 The Koch Brothers' 3-Step Plan to Conquer the Next Generation
It's been well-documented how the Koch Brothers are sponsoring economic programs at colleges and universities around the country. By itself, this could be interpreted as philanthropy. There's nothing inherently wrong with a billionaire donating some of his wealth to education. But the greater strategy in the Kochs' chess game isn't just to make themselves wealthier, but a far more sinister one.
(1 comments) Sunday, September 7, 2014 Bob McDonnell Isn't the Only Politician Taking Bribes
It's clear that money has corrupted our political process. But this is precisely because we've allowed corporations to have the same constitutional rights as actual human beings, and their money to be considered the same thing as free speech. By definition, this means that if you have more money, you have more speech.
(13 comments) Thursday, September 4, 2014 Strengthening the NATO alliance: article by David Cameron and Barack Obama
Developments in other parts of the world, particularly in Iraq and Syria threaten our security at home. And NATO is not just an alliance of friends who come to the aid of each other in times of need, it is also an alliance based on national self-interest. Countries like Britain and America will not be cowed by barbaric killers.
(5 comments) Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Tomorrow, Thousands of Workers Fight Wage Theft With Civil Disobedience
America's burglars, convenience store robbers, carjackers, muggers, and bank robbers don't steal half as much money as top restaurant chains steal from workers in a given year. But since criminal restaurant chain executives aren't being carted off to jail for their acts of robbery, restaurant workers will shut down their businesses by any means necessary this Thursday -- including committing acts of civil disobedience.
(6 comments) Sunday, August 10, 2014 From Iraq to Ukraine, Where Are the Adults?
Obama chose to protect certain endangered Iraqis at the very moment he was sending arms and intelligence to help the Israelis decimate the Palestinians in Gaza, while Putin will be defending his own kind -- Russians and pro-Russians -- from some other kind who happen to be Ukrainians. Humanitarian? Hardly.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 Rethinking Edward Snowden and Perry Fellwock
Knowing the extent of what we are up against might help us reconsider the self-defeating restraints and self-censorship we now impose on ourselves and the way we campaign against the increasing destruction of our liberty, not only in the United States, but across the entire world.