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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of transparency and the ability to accurately check and authenticate the vote cast, these systems can alter election results and therefore are simply antithetical to democratic principles and functioning.


Since the pivotal 2004 Presidential election, Joan has come to see the connection between a broken election system, a dysfunctional, corporate media and a total lack of campaign finance reform. This has led her to enlarge the parameters of her writing to include interviews with whistle-blowers and articulate others who give a view quite different from that presented by the mainstream media. She also turns the spotlight on activists and ordinary folks who are striving to make a difference, to clean up and improve their corner of the world. By focusing on these intrepid individuals, she gives hope and inspiration to those who might otherwise be turned off and alienated. She also interviews people in the arts in all their variations - authors, journalists, filmmakers, actors, playwrights, and artists. Why? The bottom line: without art and inspiration, we lose one of the best parts of ourselves. And we're all in this together. If Joan can keep even one of her fellow citizens going another day, she considers her job well done.

When Joan hit one million page views, OEN Managing Editor, Meryl Ann Butler interviewed her, turning interviewer briefly into interviewee. Read the interview here.


While the news is often quite depressing, Joan nevertheless strives to maintain her mantra: "Grab life now in an exuberant embrace!"

Joan has been Election Integrity Editor for OpEdNews since December, 2005. Her articles also appear at Huffington Post, RepublicMedia.TV and Scoop.co.nz.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 (3 comments)     

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Interview with Dr. Margaret Flowers, Arrested Tuesday at Senate Roundtable on Health Care I have with me Dr.Flowers,co-chair of the Md. branch of the 16,000-member Physicians for a National Health Program."I got involved because I saw how private insurers were making medical decisions that were inappropriate and because I felt like I (and others) couldn't practice quality medicine because of the tricks that insurers use to avoid paying for health care.It is wrong and people are suffering and dying because of it."

Friday, July 23, 2010 (4 comments)     

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Renowned Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck on "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" My most compelling story relates to what happened when we introduced the growth mindset to adolescents. We taught them that the brain is like a muscle that grows with exercise. We also taught them that, every time they stretch themselves to learn something new, their brain grows new connections and, over time, they can get smarter. It was like a lightning bolt struck. One of the boys said, "You mean I don't have to be dumb?"

Monday, January 25, 2010 (21 comments)     

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Howard Zinn on "The People Speak," the Supreme Court and Haiti Haiti is one of the most shameful episodes in US foreign policy.When it became the first independent black republic in this hemisphere, Jefferson(ironically,author of our Declaration of Independence)refused to recognize it.& for some time now,strangling Haiti economically,& ruining its rice crop for the benefit of US exporters.If we weren't spending on stupid wars,we could have made them less vulnerable to natural disasters.

Friday, April 29, 2011 (3 comments)     

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Fed Up With Corporate Tax Dodgers? Check Out PayUpNow.org! Pay Up Now is an online effort to promote boycotts of corporations that pay little or no federal income tax. We investigate financial documents and data from other reliable sources to tell the facts about tax avoidance and other forms of irresponsibility among Fortune 500 firms. Average Americans are tired of subsidizing corporations who use American research, infrastructure, and national security without paying for it.

Monday, October 20, 2008 (5 comments)     

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Snopes confirms danger of Straight Ticket Voting (STV) Ellen went to a tremendous amount of trouble to gather the information for the 15 states that use STV.It is provided at the VotersUnite!website. Nevertheless,her advice would be: avoid using STV.Vote for each and every race individually,even if it takes a little longer.This is a clear case of more convenient not being better.Avoid Straight Ticket Voting!Help spread the word to the millions in the 15 states that offer STV.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 (6 comments)     

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Literary Agent Shares Trade Secrets With New Writers With the rise of the web, new ideas are not enough. Today, publishing is all about story telling, and that applies to serious nonfiction--yes, even a work of history and science has to tell a story--self-help, memoir, and virtually every other publishing genre. Many people fail to understand that a book can be the story of an idea or a time, as well as the story of an individual or group of individuals.

Judy on Christmas, 2012 Tuesday, January 7, 2014 (4 comments)     

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Forrest City Federal Prison: Where Prisoners Don't Have a Prayer Prisoner families have no "normal" life together-no sharing of family time or daily experiences,no prayers or mutual support during difficult times,no running errands,no shopping for gifts for the kids,no taking care of the family pets,no smiles,hugs, kisses or even holding hands,no waking up together on Christmas morning.Guess what the prison employees gave the prisoners and families during the holidays? NO MAIL!
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views), civil rights (14 Articles, 28541 views), Don Siegelman (14 Articles, 38603 views) (View All Series)

Netra Halperin Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (7 comments)     

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Did $6.5m Property Deal Lead to Disenfranchisement of 126k Registered Brooklyn Democrats? The property sale info is public record. The relationship between Lowey and Clinton is public record. The fact that the purges were a bipartisan, purposeful action appears to be accepted by the BOE, which put both clerks on suspension. The "proof" that they were involved could be in Clinton's email that the FBI is in possession of. There is definitely enough probable cause to investigate,
Series: Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116213 views), Corruption (32 Articles, 77292 views), ethics (11 Articles, 37702 views) (View All Series)

Seth Abramson Sunday, March 27, 2016 (17 comments)     

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Abramson Claims: "Sanders is Winning;" Could He Be Right? The Sanders campaign is right now marshaling hard data for their summer pitch to super-delegates. They can already claim that they out-perform Clinton among independents; in national polling vs Trump; in battleground-state polling vs Trump; among working-class men; and among millennials. This article adds to these powerful arguments: that in battleground states, Bernie Sanders more often wins the Election Day vote.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 116279 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 87173 views), election campaign (26 Articles, 65074 views) (View All Series)

Katherine Eban Sunday, May 26, 2013 (19 comments)     

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Investigative Journalist Katherine Eban Exposes Massive Fraud at Generic Lipitor Manufacturer The extent of the fraud astonished me. The company manipulated, and outright invented, testing data to win approval from regulators throughout the world. It ended up selling largely untested and unstable drugs in more than 40 countries. This was not simply cutting corners or engaging in lax manufacturing practices. It was outright fraud. The company knowingly sold substandard drugs while working to deceive regulators.
Series: health (24 Articles, 46310 views), journalism (73 Articles, 141515 views), Whistleblowers (27 Articles, 58399 views) (View All Series)

From flickr.co Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (20 comments)     

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Robert Reich: Clinton Can't Achieve Magnitude of Change Needed; Sanders Can Incrementalism no longer works. Income, wealth, and political power continue to concentrate at the top -- and reinforce each other. This can't be reversed unless a large # of Americans demand it to be -- which requires bold ideas, a strong political movement, and tenacity. The practical choice isn't small adjustments vs. big change [but] whether they come through the democratic process or through authoritarian populism [Trump]
Series: Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 116279 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 87173 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109094 views) (View All Series)

Don Siegelman Saturday, October 26, 2013 (19 comments)     

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Andrew Kreig: Alabama Journalist Roger Shuler Beaten and Arrested! Roger's arrest stems from his reporting and commentary about political, government, legal, sexual, and financial intrigues normally kept out of the media that the public sees. He has made the courageous and public-spirited decision that the public deserves to know in keeping with our constitutional and other mantras about the right of free expression, and the need for it in a democracy.
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views), journalism (73 Articles, 141515 views), Roger Shuler (5 Articles, 13110 views) (View All Series)

Carlos Miller Wednesday, August 10, 2016 (13 comments)     

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Despite Cops' Best Efforts, Photography Is [Still] Not A Crime I spotted a group of 5 Miami police officers making an arrest and decided to take some photos... I reminded them this was a "public street," which prompted them to come after me, leaving the other guy alone. I ended up getting pounced on and beat up, my head bashed into the sidewalk several times, before they locked me up... I launched Photography is Not a Crime to proclaim my innocence and to document my trial.
Series: Police (8 Articles, 18245 views), journalism (73 Articles, 141515 views), Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views) (View All Series)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Sunday, June 26, 2016 (15 comments)     

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Three in the Bed: Media Collusion with DNC and Hillary Leaked This is likely the biggest untold story of the 2016 primary. Hacked DNC emails showed that the DNC was favoring Clinton as early as May 26, 2015. This is significant, as Sanders entered the race as a Democrat in April, so the party had known about [his] candidacy for over a month at the time the email was written... These emails show that Debbie Wasserman Schultz's constant claims of neutrality were completely false.
Series: Corruption (32 Articles, 77292 views), election campaign (26 Articles, 65074 views), Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116213 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, January 29, 2012 (2 comments)     

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YouTube and MTV Try to Shut Down New Cheney Indictment Film The film is about indicting Cheney for ordering torture, waterboarding in particular.And he has been so arrogant about his self-perceived immunity from prosecution that he has admitted publicly that he was "a big supporter of waterboarding". So, one of the key scenes is our waterboarding scene,and that's the first preview clip we posted on YouTube.Next thing you know we got a notice from YouTube that they had blocked the video

Image created from image crediting Sunday, April 2, 2017 (6 comments)     

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Greener on the Other Side: Interview with David Cobb I realized that all systemic, transformational change was always spearheaded by alternative political parties-- the abolition of slavery, women getting the right to vote, the creation of the Social Security, pure food and drug laws, ending child labor, the 40 hour work week, direct election of the US Senate. I realized that if we were going to make systemic change, it would only come if we built an alternative political party.
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views), Empowerment (54 Articles, 74991 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109094 views) (View All Series)

Monday, May 16, 2011 (10 comments)     

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A Closer Look at the Ongoing Wisconsin Recount I got interested in the WI Supreme Court recount because I was appalled that the Waukesha County Clerk could fail to report an entire city's vote total-over 14,000 votes!-and just say oops and not have anyone look into it.If you or I failed that colossally at our job,we would be fired.I want to know what happened.People are angry over this.We have a right to oversee the voting system and make sure it is fair and functional.

"I don't know. I don't know!" Sunday, December 8, 2013 (6 comments)     

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A Free Speech David Takes On Goliath About "The Last War Crime" Movie Our goal for the The Last War Crime film project was to tell the true story of how we were misled into an attack and invasion of Iraq, which now even the neocons have been forced to admit has been a strategic catastrophe.They have also tried to revise history as if they could not have known that the intelligence was bad, when in fact they knew (or should have known) all along that the intelligence was garbage (a polite word).
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views), Freedom of the Press (5 Articles, 17394 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109094 views) (View All Series)

Friday, December 16, 2011 (11 comments)     

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Election Integrity's Victoria Collier Speaks Up What Jim and Ken's monumental efforts really exposed- the devastating final analysis- is how easy it is to corrupt our entire system with just a few well-placed criminals stationed as sentinels against justice at every level of our system.This is one of the greatest conspiracy stories of our time, and still very hard for most Americans to stomach. But we've got to keep telling the truth. It's more important now than ever.

Hillary Clinton, June 2012 Thursday, May 19, 2016 (73 comments)     

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The Ticking Clinton Time Bomb The Repubs are licking their lips and lying in wait.They're planning to make a very big deal out of both the email scandal and the Clinton Fdn's troubles, but it makes sense for them to wait until the start of the election to do so. My goal is to get the facts about the scandal widely known prior to the Democratic Convention.Then, Dems still have a chance to jump ship from Clinton to Sanders, or even to someone else like Biden
Series: Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 87173 views), ethics (11 Articles, 37702 views), Bernie Sanders (32 Articles, 80262 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, July 28, 2011 (5 comments)     

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Bob Fitrakis on New Evidence of 2004 Stolen Election in Ohio The contracts signed by Connell's company and SmarTech can be read in the filing for the first time. This isn't ancient history. It is state of the art vote theft. It is tied directly to Karl Rove and partisan Republican IT operatives. It could happen in Ohio again, it could happen anywhere in the country. It appears to have just happened in Wisconsin.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 (22 comments)     

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The Devil's in the Details: More Tales from Edgefield Federal Prison At 8:07 a.m., my phone rang, with Gary calling, which was unusual. He told me he had just been called to the office and told to call me and tell me my visitation had been terminated for six months, effective immediately. I was stunned and called the prison. William Mackelburg, with obvious glee in his voice, told me I couldn't visit my husband because I wore a green velvet dress on Christmas.

Dick Cheney Now Available in Female Sunday, March 27, 2016 (20 comments)     

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Coleen Rowley: "HRC is a Neocon" I urge readers to check out HillaryIsANeocon.com. There's a reason that the founder of PNAC, Robert Kagan and other neocon warhawks are now backing (and advising) Clinton over the other presidential candidates and it's not because she's a "true progressive" or a realist. Just the opposite. They know they can depend upon her to continue to wage wars and support "regime changes" around the world based on her solid track record.
Series: election campaign (26 Articles, 65074 views), Military/Foreign Policy (22 Articles, 41036 views), Bernie Sanders (32 Articles, 80262 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 (15 comments)     

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Come and Get It! Prisoners Served Expired Food, "Not for Human Consumption" The food receptacles are run through a dishwasher with NO detergent,de-greaser,sanitizer,rinse agent or other cleaning product whatsoever is used.Just 140 degree water. The wet trays are placed in position for re-use, without being dried, and with grease so thick you can write in it with your finger; utensils and cups are also placed for reuse without being dried. In Alabama, that would get them shut down.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 (3 comments)     

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Election Defense Alliance's Jonathan Simon with the Timely Lowdown on Our Elections Our mission:bringing back publicly observable vote counting and ending the computerized era's wholesale vulnerability to election theft-is nonpartisan.Yet the realities we keep bumping up against:that the numbers always shift in the same rightward direction and the partisan pedigree of the equipment vendors-are what they are. Denial seems to be as high among Democrats and the progressive media as among Republicans and the MSM.

Candidate Bern Sunday, February 14, 2016 (5 comments)     

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Economist: Sanders Plan Means Millions of New Jobs First, I could do this because he is running an issues campaign and has presented a coherent economic program where we can do this type of analysis. Second, this is a global analysis: the various attacks on him have all been on particular aspects: too many taxes or too much spending. But the program needs to be assessed as a whole.Third, I used conventional methods and standard assumptions. No hocus-pocus or voodoo economics.
Series: grassroots (59 Articles, 109094 views), election campaign (26 Articles, 65074 views), economic inequity (46 Articles, 82205 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 (7 comments)     

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Living with ALS [Lou Gehrig's Disease] - Meet Scott and Molly Poole A nursing home would literally kill Scott in a short period as they lack the hands-on nursing Scott needs.What aid programs are available to people our age force you to lose virtually everything before they help you.It's not bad enough that you're sick,you have to watch every part of your life get destroyed on top of it.The people who made the rules have gold level health care for life.They work for us;Why can't we get it too?

Saturday, July 16, 2011 (5 comments)     

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Equal Exchange: Worker-Owned Fair Trade Food Company We have worked to change the food system.We import and sell coffee,cocoa,chocolate,sugar and bananas,mostly organic, from small farmer cooperatives in over 20 countries.While our main customers include natural food stores and cafés, we also partner with thousands of faith based organizations to bring fair trade to more people and communities.We even developed a fundraiser program for schools and we have a popular web store.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (13 comments)     

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Judy White Fights For Incarcerated Husband's Access to His Prescriptions Americans were rightly outraged over the abuses at Abu Ghraib, but we have remained ignorant of political imprisonment and abuses of American citizens on our own soil. Unless they have been given the death penalty,[prisoners] shouldn't be killed (or harmed) by medical abuse. Even those who are executed aren't killed by withholding their prescription medications.

still from The Last War Crime, the movie Thursday, December 11, 2014 (8 comments)     

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Torture, Now as American as Apple Pie? The torture issue is a critical litmus test. If you are cool with torture, what atrocity will you not excuse away? Let all people with integrity speak out to the ACLU, to Pres. Obama, and while you are at it, why not check out The Last War Crime movie, where we make the dramatic case for war crimes prosecutions which are only now being delayed by the failure of enough people so far to do what we just said.

Sunday, January 8, 2012 (8 comments)     

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Marya Hornbacher: Moving Beyond "Madness" There is so much misperception about mental illness, and so little understanding of what the actual experience of it is. I wanted to open the door to a place that feels worlds away for many people, and show that it's not so far off at all--it's just another facet of human experience. It had never occurred to me that I might have bipolar [usually then called manic depression] because I knew nothing about it.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 (11 comments)     

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Michael Gates Gill on "How Starbucks Changed My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else" 3 seismic shocks upended my world:I was invited out to breakfast and fired.My life in advertising was over and I had no idea how to create another one.I went in for a "routine physical" and was diagnosed with a brain tumor.And I got divorced.I had thought myself a great father and husband but realized that I had spent much of married life on the road rather than spending precious time helping raise my kids and build a family.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 (4 comments)     

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Dr. Amy Banks on Keeping Those Grey Cells Fit As We Age Not only does exercise keep your body fit, but it contributes to keeping your brain flexible and adaptable. One of the issues, particularly with advanced aging, is a sense of isolation as friends and family may be dying.I think people need to be able to maintain community and connections, opportunities to interact.The physiology of healthy relationship contributes to building a brain that is continuing to grow.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 (14 comments)     

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Robert Reich on Romney, the New Gilded Age and More Notwithstanding all this, I'm still optimistic. Americans are pragmatic and resilient. When we understand a problem, we roll up our sleeves and get on with what has to be done..The trigger for progressive reform has been reactionary, regressive actors or factions that remind us of what we believe and why we believe it,and then we get back to the long-term task. I've been around long enough to see this process again and again.

Friday, August 13, 2010 (3 comments)     

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Danny Schechter Dissects Wall Street in "Plunder: The Crime of Our Time" We don't teach financial literacy in our schools. Money is a mystery for most of us.We think that when you put money in a bank,it sits in a safe until you take some out. That's not the way it works. Our media is at fault because it's increasingly reliant on advertising from the finance sector-- lenders,credit card companies and the like. The big-shot elite journalists are mostly boosters of the system, uncritical, compromised.

Monday, August 11, 2008 (12 comments)     

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"Stealing America: Vote By Vote" and What People are Saying "STEALING AMERICA" lays out the case that something's deeply wrong with our election system with disturbing clarity. Don't see this film if you want to remain in denial. Our democracy is in trouble "¦ This film will convince you that it's time to wake up, start paying attention, and get involved. "" Bob Koehler, syndicated columnist, Tribune Media Services

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 (9 comments)     

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The Feds and the Prisoner's Wife - Do Unto Others... as You Please Gary and I sing,or I should say,we used to sing.We were members of our church choir and had been rumored to do karaoke from time to time,but we always sang in the car,sometimes along with CDs.It was a good way to learn new songs, and we enjoyed it.My car has several CDs,but I haven't enjoyed really singing or anything else since Gary's imprisonment.It was strange,silent,unbearably sad in the car but I was on my way to Gary.

time.com Tuesday, February 16, 2010 (17 comments)     

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Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg: Evaluating Obama So Far A president who didn't say "No" to this recent request--the best chance he'll ever have to do so,when he could still blame a hopeless situation on the last 8 years under his predecessor & "reluctantly" name a date for total withdrawal--will find it even harder to do after wasting more lives in coming months.The odds are very high,I believe,that Obama's War will last as long as he's in the WH--whether 4 or 8 years - and beyond.

Prof. Gerald Friedman and Cezanne tie Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (35 comments)     

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Econ Prof Protests Gross Distortion of Work by WSJ and Clinton Campaign When Sen. Sanders began his presidential campaign, he included single payer in his program and reporters began to contact me because my report is the only economic study of the financing and impact of a single payer plan. The WSJ in particular used some numbers from my study, out of context I might add, in their attack on Senator Sanders. Hillary also attacked the Sanders single payer plan on really illegitimate grounds.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 116279 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 87173 views), health care (12 Articles, 25520 views) (View All Series)

Saturday, February 5, 2011 (10 comments)     

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Mary Pipher: Writing to Change the World Stories have the power to open hearts, change minds and inspire action. They can be very simple. Generally when a story deeply moves me, it will move others.They speak directly to the emotions. And they reach both sides of the brain. Stories are not right brain or left brain: they are whole brain. They integrate complicated information from all over the brain in ways that form meaning and pleasure.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 (4 comments)     

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Hobi, Service Dog In Training When we got him,he showed a special sensitivity to my pain.He would lie on the part of my body that hurt - without my input.He is always by my side, watching me.When I'm at physical therapy, if he sees my balance fail,he jumps to get under me.If I stop swimming and float in the middle for a time because of pain or a cramp,he will stand up and bark and not stop until I am out of the water and next to him or start to swim again.

Friday, December 17, 2010     

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Bob Koehler, Peace Journalist, on "Courage Grows Strong at the Wound" The self-assigned label of "peace journalist" forces me to look deeply at whatever I write about-deeply, spiritually,even(to use an unusual term for a journo)prayerfully.I call the columns I write op-eds disguised as prayers.To be a peace journalist means to plunge deeply into a topic, to let go of prejudices,to listen to people with sympathy and respect,and to stand firmly for nonviolent,healing-focused solutions to conflict.

Expressway to Trade Hell: TPP Thursday, January 14, 2016 (14 comments)     

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Can We Stop the TPP? President Obama could submit the actual TPP implementing bill as soon as February 5th.The good news is that we have already raised such a ruckus in terms of political pressure that it may be difficult for members of Congress who voted for Fast Track to perpetuate this outrage. So, the upshot of all this is that it is URGENT that we CONTINUE to speak out against the TPP, and here is the action page we are using for this purpose
Series: legislation (21 Articles, 36996 views), Exploitation (30 Articles, 56856 views), environmental (23 Articles, 42490 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, June 13, 2010     

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Ready for Something Different? - Try Zumba! The people who come to Zumba initially are curious to see what it's all about.But the people who keep coming back are people who enjoy moving to music. Whoever that is, be it marathon runner or housewife, Zumba gives us a creative, yet structured way to let that out that desire to move.Everyone can Zumba. It's a safe place to express yourself and just move!There are no rules. Follow if you like or just groove! We want you all!

Friday, May 25, 2012 (3 comments)     

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What Federal Judge Fuller's Ugly Divorce Has to Do with Don Siegelman This latest disgrace reminds anyone looking closely that we face broken government: in the courts, in the Justice Department, and in Congress. This is an extraordinary effort by the state and federal government to railroad him into prison. The state investigation to take him out began in 1999 as he took office and continues today at a cost I'd estimate of at least $25 million in taxpayer funds.
Series: Don Siegelman (14 Articles, 38603 views), journalism (73 Articles, 141515 views), justice (25 Articles, 46616 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 (4 comments)     

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Neglect at Edgefield Federal Prison Causes Inmate to Lose Toes [Mr. Waters] has been mistreated, as so many have, simply because the prison employees can, because no one holds them accountable, even for outrageously criminal actions. Medical care deprivation and abuse, along with the corresponding falsifications of federal records to cover up wrong-doing, are very common at Edgefield, which actively engages in medical experimentation on prisoners.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 (3 comments)     

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Devora Kimelman-Block, KOL Foods and The Virtues of Grass-Fed Meat They need to be 100% grass-fed. They need to use no pesticides, fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, arsenic or animal by-products as a part of their program. There are a limited amount of 100% grass-fed animals in the US because there is such demand since 100% grass-fed meat is so much healthier and better for the environment. But there is more and more interest among farmers, so as demand grows, supply grows.
Series: Animals (4 Articles, 6699 views), Food (9 Articles, 14123 views), health (24 Articles, 46310 views) (View All Series)

French edition of 'Queen of Chaos': 'This was my choice.  It shows Hillary arriving in Libya two days before Gaddafi was Thursday, April 14, 2016 (13 comments)     

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Hillary's Time-Bomb: Wars, Lies, and Secrets Hillary has skillfully marketed herself, with help from her friends. I have noted elsewhere that she is not a presidential candidate because of her experience. Rather her experience was designed to make her a presidential candidate. A CV with Senator from New York and Secretary of State looks unbeatable. But the record is actually disastrous.
Series: Military/Foreign Policy (22 Articles, 41036 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 87173 views), Author/books (36 Articles, 58562 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Evanston Entrepreneur To Host Event on Sex Trafficking July 1st I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who thinks that speaking out against human trafficking is offensive. That being said, I think the edgy and unique nature of this project will draw attention, which is what makes it so great. At first glance, it could look questionable but that will draw people in and make them stop. We pride ourselves in pushing the envelope a bit.
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views), Entrepreneurs (27 Articles, 42455 views), Exploitation (30 Articles, 56856 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, December 14, 2008 (1 comments)     

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Soup Kitchens: Part of Evanston's Network of Compassion This week,I finished an interview with Debra South Jones,executive director of a combination food bank/soup kitchen in New Orleans.It seemed logical to next check out what is going on in my own neighborhood.Over the last few days,I discovered an intricate network of services including soup kitchens,food pick-up,counseling,job referrals, warming centers and shelters, all just a few minutes' drive from my home.

Monday, March 26, 2007     

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"Pride" - The Story of Jim Ellis and the PDR Swim Team We should celebrate any story, fact or fiction, which serves to motivate us to continue our fight for a fair and level playing field for everyone. The power of storytelling is that it makes us realize what is possible, however unlikely or distant it may seem. Isn't a level playing field exactly what we voting integrity advocates are fighting for?

Jonathan Simon Sunday, May 22, 2016 (8 comments)     

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Jonathan Simon, Election CyberTheft Expert, Discusses 2016 Presidential Race Harvey Wasserman has coined the term "strip and flip" for the strategy of using voter suppression schemes to bring the election within smell-test rigging distance and then direct computerized votecount manipulation to finish the job. It looks very much like this is what was done to Sanders--who was on an historic roll and of course was the only candidate of either party who posed any real danger to the corporate oligarchy.
Series: Karl Rove (5 Articles, 12156 views), Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116213 views), Corruption (32 Articles, 77292 views) (View All Series)

Kevin Toomey Tuesday, December 23, 2014 (46 comments)     

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Medicare: Nine Myths, Misconceptions and Costly Mistakes I'm fully aware of all the costly misconceptions, incorrect assumptions, mistakes, and errors that people make when going on Medicare. Unfortunately, much of this bad information is passed on from retiree to retiree and, therefore, thousands of dollars are thrown away due to poor choices made when going on Medicare. My role has been to break this chain of bad information and get people pointed in the right direction.
Series: insurance (5 Articles, 10617 views), health care (12 Articles, 25520 views)

HRC testifies at House Select Committe on Benghazi Wednesday, May 18, 2016 (7 comments)     

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Did Clinton Foundation Pimp Out State Department? Consider that nearly 200 major donors to the foundation also had important business that was influenced by State Department decisions at a time when Hillary Clinton was running the department. How can we know if those donations had an influence or not? As Vox has put it, "Ultimately, it is impossible to tell where one end of the two-headed Clinton political and philanthropic operation ends and where the other begins."
Series: journalism (73 Articles, 141515 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 87173 views), Exploitation (30 Articles, 56856 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 (3 comments)     

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The GreaterGood Network - Making it So Easy to Do Good The idea began with Jim Breem, who wanted to develop a type of Internet advertising that would benefit charity.100% of the funds paid by these sponsoring advertisers goes to GreaterGood Network's charitable partners.That first website expanded to be a network of charitable websites devoted to six major causes, all having a "click to give" component as well as giving visitors other simple and easy ways to contribute to a cause.

Grant and Martha Saturday, December 20, 2014 (6 comments)     

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Public Radio's "A Way with Words": Not Just for Word Nerds and Language Lovers "It's a show about people and how they talk." Sometimes we call it "Car Talk for language" or "cracking open language and letting humanity and history pour out." We deal with all aspects of language -- word and phrase origins, slang, linguistic diversity, regional dialects, grammar, and that weird thing Grandma used to say. Our hope is to inform, inspire, and connect people, and nurture their curiosity about language.
Series: the Arts (39 Articles, 65598 views), Careers (60 Articles, 89835 views), Author/books (36 Articles, 58562 views) (View All Series)

Monday, January 31, 2011 (6 comments)     

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SC Republican Commodities Broker Uses FOIA to Investigate Electronic Voting I had no political agenda whatsoever when I began my investigation. Putting party over principle is not healthy for our country in the long run. This is the one issue where everyone should come work together in a non-partisan manner. I would be honored to talk about what I have learned and share with them why our election system desperately needs changing, regardless of whether they were vegetarians or Libertarians.

Image created from image crediting Friday, May 15, 2015 (30 comments)     

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Getting to the Bottom of Depression with Andrew Solomon If you break this cycle before it sets in, you can keep that carving of the brain from going so deep. Some people think there's courage in not treating their depression and they heroically sit out their worst episodes. But those episodes are toxic; each one inscribes the illness more profoundly in the grey matter. There're lots of good treatments and to sit it out without making use of them is a greater madness than depression
Series: Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 116279 views), Illness (13 Articles, 20384 views), behavior/psychology (24 Articles, 35301 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, February 5, 2009 (22 comments)     

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A dose of laughter: How one man overcame cancer with the help of humor The more I listened,the more compelling Robert Schimmel became. He has taken a taboo and shone a bright light into its every nook and cranny. Not only has cancer become the soul of his routines; he wrote a book about it: Cancer on five dollars a day (chemo not included): how humor got me through the toughest journey of my life. Schimmel and cancer are clearly on intimate terms with one another.

Monday, April 18, 2011 (6 comments)     

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From Suburbia to Organic and Sustainable on Missoula Farm Our farm would not be possible without a market in the area for local food. Restaurants in the area would not buy our produce if it was not important to consumers to eat that food. Missoula is a place where I have easily been able to connect to a community in which local food is a priority.I hope to take my skills to a community that is not so educated in local food and that does not have fresh food readily available.

story of Hillary's email that won't go away Tuesday, May 17, 2016 (19 comments)     

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Hillary's "Damn" Emails? Or "Damning" Emails? A year ago, I easily could have voted for Hillary. But after reading in depth about her email scandal and what the Clinton Foundation has done, and then coming to the conclusion that she had to be guilty of multiple serious crimes, how could I possibly support her? Naturally, I became a vocal supporter of Sanders. If you knew that someone living on your street was a criminal, wouldn't you feel compelled to warn your neighbors?
Series: behavior/psychology (24 Articles, 35301 views), Corruption (32 Articles, 77292 views), Crime (5 Articles, 10457 views) (View All Series)

Monday, September 7, 2009 (4 comments)     

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Exposing Huge Hidden Profits of A Non-Profit Hospital A conversation with "Do No Harm" Producer/Director Rebecca Shanberg. "Do No Harm" is a documentary about two residents of a small Georgia town - a surgeon and an accountant - who blew the whistle on unethical practices going on at the local hospital, Phoebe Putney Memorial. The film is especially timely, given the current national debate on health care.

Howard Zinn Monday, December 14, 2009 (8 comments)     

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Howard Zinn Talks with OpEdNews about "The People Speak" [My book came] out of my own experience in the southern movement against racial segregation & in the movement vs the war in Vietnam.I had seen the possibility of ordinary people building a movement that could change official policy and I knew the history of such movements was absent from our textbooks & culture. In making this film,we wanted that history to speak to our present situation,to encourage people to become active

Sunday, July 25, 2010 (12 comments)     

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Part Two: Renowned Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck on "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" It isn't the answer to all of life's problems,but my research shows it allows you to break free from the concern that challenge is dangerous(because you might not be smart enough to pull it off),that effort is undermining(because smart people don't need so much effort), and that a setback would be devastating(because it will publicly reveal your limited ability).These shrink our world, growth mindset offers a larger one.

Saturday, May 22, 2010 (2 comments)     

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How to Bust a Divorce and Save a Marriage I am convinced that the vast majority of problems that people are having when they consider divorce are solvable.Therefore,I feel that most divorces are unnecessary.I haven't arrived at this conclusion from a religious perspective,nor do I believe people who opt to divorce are bad/immoral.Marriages fall apart because falling in love is easy,staying in love requires skills to keep love and passion alive.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 (11 comments)     

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Whistleblower Protections Halted by Tyranny of One Whistleblower protection is a cornerstone of our nation's security, because whistleblowers are the eyes and ears to abuses of power that betray the public trust. If they are not empowered to disclose wrongdoing, the pubic at large remains vulnerable to unchecked abuses of power, gross mismanagement, waste, fraud, and public safety threats.

Sunday, November 27, 2011 (12 comments)     

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Investigative Journalist Who Blew Whistle on CT Cops Looks at Occupy Movement from Exile in Sweden We see -despite the video evidence -some people blaming the Occupy supporters for their own brutalization, refusing to believe that our police could do such harm without good reason. Even worse though, our 'authorities' are well aware of this tendency, and play upon it, i.e., the claims that the UC Davis police felt 'threatened' in an attempt to legitimize the brutal pepper spraying videotaped there.

Sunday, January 17, 2010 (8 comments)     

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Brad Friedman Discusses Role of Diebold in Critical MA Special Election Tuesday It's all about transparency.FIGHT like hell for whatever transparency you can get. If you want a government of the people,by the people and for the people,then the PEOPLE,not the private companies and/or the election officials,need to be able to oversee their own elections to ensure self-governance. Even with the shitty,often-unobservable voting systems we use, there remain many opportunities to oversee the process. USE THEM!
Series: Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116213 views), journalism (73 Articles, 141515 views)

Friday, August 27, 2010     

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Talking with Two of "The Girls from Ames" When I read the manuscript for The Girls from Ames, I learned things about my friends that I did not know. I've heard from people in book groups across the nation that the book prompts them to talk about events in their lives that their friends might not have been aware of. I feel as though the book helps readers celebrate and appreciate more fully the friendship experiences in their lives that perhaps they took for granted.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 (2 comments)     

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This Librarian Is Smashing Stereotypes, One Tattoo at a Time Especially if it's a custom design, the artist is going to have a great deal of input so you want to work together to come up with something that everyone is jazzed about. I do have tattoos that already existed as images but you still want to get advice from the artist about how to best interpret those images on skin. Good shops and artists will work with you to make sure everyone is happy with the result.

Thursday, January 13, 2011 (1 comments)     

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Whistleblowing former Federal Air Marshal Spencer Pickard on Air Safety I am walking proof that cooperating with congressional committees does not guarantee you any protections.I cooperated with the HJC from 2004 to 2006 during a GOP presidency, and they did nothing to help me when the TSA turned around and went after me. Officials who feel they need to cooperate with Issa and Smith's committees should at least wait until a new whistleblower protection law is enacted before contacting them.
Series: safety (3 Articles, 7194 views), Whistleblowers (27 Articles, 58399 views)

Monday, March 15, 2010 (19 comments)     

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Discussing American Ennui with Clinical Psychologist Bruce Levine I wish the answer to restoring democracy was simply one of people getting more journalistic truths through a non-corporate media.I think that much more is required.We need to take a look at what forces in American society are breaking the American people from the ability to resist tyranny& dehumanization,we must start considering what are the antidotes.That's what anyone who gives a damn about genuine democracy should be doing

David Kertzer Monday, April 28, 2014 (16 comments)     

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Opened Vatican Archives Reveal Church Aided and Abetted Mussolini The view presented by the Church portrays the pope as one of Mussolini's fiercest critics and the pope and Mussolini constantly in a state of conflict. What I discovered was something very different. Although Pius XI realized that Mussolini had not a religious bone in his body, he thought that the dictator could be God's instrument to restore the power of the Roman Catholic Church in Italy.
Series: Author/books (36 Articles, 58562 views), the Arts (39 Articles, 65598 views), History (4 Articles, 7520 views) (View All Series)

Monday, February 8, 2010     

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Senior Athlete Ron Chilton Shatters Myth of Aging While Meeting the Challenge is about athletes, it's really about attitude. If we live long enough, all of us will experience the indignities of aging. How will we face what lies ahead? Will we surrender quietly? Or will we fight back, defiantly squeezing every drop out of life? The film poses an existential question. Ron shows us one response. Ultimately, each of us will have to figure this out on our own.

Friday, June 29, 2012 (3 comments)     

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Forensic Journalist Russ Baker on Edwards, What's Wrong with the Press & More The media has been almost entirely AWOL on the Edwards case--no signs of initiative anywhere, not in the mainstream nor the "alternative" media (which is not much of an alternative when it comes to "deep politics" investigations.) This is actually quite common, and exactly why we started WhoWhatWhy. Somebody has to look into these things.

Tom, 10/2013, testifying vs. Jones Day's excessive deal to resolve Detroit's interest rate swaps with their other client Sunday, June 29, 2014 (10 comments)     

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Detroit's Emergency Manager Shuts Off Water for Thousands of Homes; Is Your City Next? They're scrambling for water from family, neighbors, friends, whatever; trying to find new housing with water included, trying to keep the child welfare system from taking away their kids, trying to find a place to shower and use the toilet. I doubt that those of us who have never faced this particular kind of oppression can imagine what it must be like. Very neocolonial and unjust.
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views), Corruption (32 Articles, 77292 views), debt (3 Articles, 6722 views) (View All Series)

Monday, December 24, 2012 (4 comments)     

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Scrooged! Millington Federal Prison Camp's Version of Christmas Spirit BOP employees are experienced abusers, and they seem to enjoy harming prisoners and their families. In a conversation I had last year with one at the regional office, after my informing them of deaths due to medical abuse was met with dead silence, I said, "You just don't care." The response: "Now, Ms. White, we do care. When a prisoner dies in our custody, that's a lot of paperwork for us."

Brent Budowsky Wednesday, January 6, 2016 (10 comments)     

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Media Blackout: What They Don't Want You to Know About Bernie Pundits play too much attention to cable television and not enough to social media, where Bernie is king. It's becoming as powerful today as TV was in 1960 with the Kennedy-Nixon race. There is evidence of this in Bernie's fantastic small donor fundraising and his very large crowds. If this continues into the Iowa caucus he will do better than pundits think and this is where the breakthrough to the major media comes.
Series: Election/Voting (7 Articles, 13976 views), Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116213 views), Bernie Sanders (32 Articles, 80262 views) (View All Series)

Secretary Clinton Making a Press Announcement Saturday, April 16, 2016 (9 comments)     

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The Audacity of Nope: Clinton's Nix on Transparency For many years we Dems have been saying that the Clintons are unfairly hunted by the Right that we have failed to question whether either of them is very regularly wise in their personal dealings or handling of public scrutiny. I know Mr. Clinton is not, and I have come to conclude Mrs. Clinton is not either-which is especially worrying considering that she and her husband employ a massive team of handlers whose very job it is
Series: Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 87173 views), Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116213 views), election campaign (26 Articles, 65074 views) (View All Series)

Saturday, July 9, 2011 (5 comments)     

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What WikiLeaks Reveal about Corporatism Dominating American Foreign Policy Time after time, US diplomats consult with the executives of some of the largest corporations to determine how to deal with conflicts in other countries. These cables also demonstrate how our government views any threat to corporate America as a threat to the US, which is absurd. The mainstream media has been ignoring the most significant revelations exposed by these cables, which is why it's essential to write about them.

Iceberg Arch and Mountains Spert Islands, Antarctica Thursday, March 26, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Poles Apart: Adventures of a Nat Geo Cover Photographer Antarctica is all about the ice. Its shapes, forms and colors always leave me thinking I'm in the studio of a mad, yet genius sculptor.The air is delicious to breathe, the stillness is profound. Nature at its absolute purest. It has become my monastery, a place where I can get away from everything that pushes and pulls upon me in my life at home, as well as all the gadgetry of our lives. Doing so not only rejuvenates me...
Series: Pollution/Climate Change (8 Articles, 16813 views), environmental (23 Articles, 42490 views), Author/books (36 Articles, 58562 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 (7 comments)     

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Argonne Lab's Head of Vulnerability Assessment Team Disses Election Security If we can have about 15 seconds of access to most security devices (and presumably most voting machines),we can hijack them.This can occur at the factory, in transit, on the loading dock, in storage, while sitting around in the school hallways, etc. Thus, a cradle to grave, secure chain of custody is vital for any security device or voting machine.A chain of custody is a process,not a piece of paper bureaucrats scribble on.

Thursday, December 29, 2011 (18 comments)     

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Bureau of Prisons "Disappears" Federal Prisoner Just In Time for His Birthday When I was visiting Gary in prison, another prisoner locked his eyes with mine and said, "Between a year and a half and two years." I waited. "That's when family and friends stop visiting." Thinking of our own reality and that of so many others I had met, I asked, "Because they run out of money?" "Because they run out of love." That's what prisoners fear most - that those they love will run out of love.

What the TPP looks like Wednesday, December 11, 2013 (10 comments)     

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The Worst Trade Deal Ever, And What You Can Do To Stop It It's the most outrageous attempted corporate power grab yet.Suppose some foreign transnational corporation wanted to come into your country and start fracking or they wanted to unilaterally rewrite your labor laws, you would be forced to submit to that.This sounds like the kind of hysterical hyperbole that right wingers are so fond of trafficking in.This is what is actually being pushed in secret. It's like NAFTA on steroids.
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views), Business (13 Articles, 25297 views), Congress (9 Articles, 17607 views) (View All Series)

Fighting for Don's Freedom, Brad Blog 9.10.2012 Monday, January 19, 2015 (16 comments)     

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Magistrate's Deceit Discovered in Siegelman Case - Does Anyone Care? The bipartisan criticism of the Siegelman case has come because the former governor and codefendant engaged in standard behavior in our political system. That has never been considered illegal, but it was in the Siegelman case. Obama has appointed donors to ambassadorships and other positions; Reagan did the same, never dr[awing] the whiff of an investigation, much less an indictment, trial, conviction, and incarceration.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 116279 views), journalism (73 Articles, 141515 views), Don Siegelman (14 Articles, 38603 views) (View All Series)

Saturday, January 17, 2009     

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Snopes Warns of Virus: Email Subject line: Obama Acceptance Speech Warn friends and family about this computer virus.

Itamar Marcus Friday, May 7, 2010 (10 comments)     

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Talking with Itamar Marcus of Palestinian Media Watch For 14 years, we have been reading the daily Palestinian newspapers, watching Palestinian Authority official TV and studying their schoolbooks. Our goal is to get an accurate picture of the internal Arabic language Palestinian world and especially what Palestinian leadership is saying to their children. We feel that if there is to be peace, it has to start with children and has to be founded on peace education.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 (3 comments)     

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Czech Filmmaker Lukas Pribyl on His Holocaust Documentary, "Forgotten Transports" I did not do the films because of some need for personal closure, I did it because of pure fascination with the people I met. The true stories I capture in Forgotten Transports are the quintessential stories of human survival, will to survive, hope and life. That's actually what I am interested in -" how people can laugh, love, hope and live despite being surrounded by complete horror.

Image created from image crediting Thursday, April 24, 2014 (11 comments)     

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Scholastic and Big Coal Team Up to Bamboozle 4th Graders Scholastic is invited into schools based on educators' assumption that Scholastic is trying to offer engaging, fair-minded curriculum. Instead, Scholastic was operating as a hired gun for Big Coal. And, it turns out, that through its In-School Marketing program, this is a part of what Scholastic does: hires out its curricular expertise and good name to corporations of all kinds. I was stunned.
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views), economy (17 Articles, 33135 views), environmental (23 Articles, 42490 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008     

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Snopes Warns of "Amazing Speech by Obama" Computer Virus It was brought to my attention that a new computer virus is circulating which is banking on your interest in the recent presidential election to lure you in. Snopes has confirmed that various headlines like: Amazing Speech by Obama may appear to be from legitimate news sources but are actually a "prime opportunity for a renewed flood of malware-spreading spam."

get your bumper sticker now! Sunday, January 5, 2014 (11 comments)     

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Use This Innovative Action Page Link and Stop the Trans Pacific Partnership We worked straight through the holiday to take our activism to a new level. We now have an upgraded and updated function on our action pages for sending letters to the editor of your nearest local newspaper, and here's why: Recently a former congressional aide wrote that NOTHING gets the attention of members of Congress more that when THEIR NAME appears in a letter to the editor. It's called publicity and they're petrified
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views), Congress (9 Articles, 17607 views), Corruption (32 Articles, 77292 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 (3 comments)     

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Omega Institute's Elizabeth Lesser on "Broken Open" and Personal Transformation The hardest aspect of memoir is that it involves writing about not only oneself, but also about the people in one's life. My children, my parents, my husband, my ex-husband, my friends: none of them asked to be characters in my book. I am sure I caused discomfort for some of the folks in my life. But I did it for a reason that I still feel clear and good about.

Thursday, June 12, 2008     

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Richard Hayes Phillips,Author of "Witness to a Crime: A Citizens' Audit of an American Election" This book is an indispensable aid to understanding the 2004 election in general,and Ohio specifically.Because Kent State U. Press reneged on its contract,"Witness to a Crime" almost wasn't published at all.But,Phillips simply refused to allow this story to slip away.Part one in this OpEdNews exclusive series: Why I was able to become an election fraud investigator.

Thursday, July 8, 2010 (6 comments)     

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Times Square Rabbi Helps America's Runaway Kids Almost no kids I met made it. AIDS, murder, suicide, overdoses and just disappearing were and still are the end game. I went because I cannot stand knowing kids can grow up, die young and never have anyone love them, give them hope, or listen to their short-lived dreams. Then, they die alone.These kids deserve someone who cares. Someone has to be out there. In my own small world, that someone is me.

Mark Karlin Sunday, January 24, 2016 (14 comments)     

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Was Ike Twice the Socialist That Bernie Is? Sen. Warren has been brilliant in explaining that the government pays for so many services and programs that subsidize corporations and support individuals,yet the right wing oligarchs have convinced so many that taxes aren't necessary.What the Paul Ryans basically are selling is snake oil, that citizens can get government services and support without having to pay for them,particularly those in upper brackets who benefit most
Series: Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116213 views), election campaign (26 Articles, 65074 views), economic inequity (46 Articles, 82205 views) (View All Series)

Saturday, January 15, 2011     

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Julie's Life as Muse (and More) for AJ Jacobs There definitely are times that something will come out of my mouth and then I will pause and say to AJ, "that isn't go in a book, is it?" Since I know I always get final edit, I know I can still speak the truth...and edit later! I definitely have some sympathy for public figures and celebrities and how their lives are an open book. For them, they have no control since they aren't married to the people writing about them.

theragblog.blogspot.com Friday, March 5, 2010 (1 comments)     

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Rev. Jim Rigby Tackles the Health Care Debate We need to choose the lesser of evils in the short run,but work for a more radical solution in the long run.I can't imagine the kind of suffering that would follow from letting the system implode,but I also can't see pretending that our reps are much more than corporate lobbyists who have very little incentive to really change the system.In the short run,we should choose between the smaller of the two cannibals but our hope is

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 (3 comments)     

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At 74, Welding Latest Passion for Versatile Artist, Dede Harris Art is all about problem solving, whether it is balance, position, color, etc. Even empty spaces create a challenge. All areas have to be judged singularly and as a whole, a constant shift from the particular to the entire. I get an unsettled feeling, a visceral unease, when things aren't just right. Then I feel a sudden relief when the problem has been solved.

Grace Lombardo Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (4 comments)     

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Pinked & Inked: Post-Mastectomy Tattoos for Healing Before embarking on this film, I wasn't terribly open about my own experience with breast cancer. I was so focused on getting back to normal that I never fully explored internally the struggle and its aftermath. As I began interviewing Grace, and building a friendship with her that extended off-camera, I found that there really is no "getting back to normal." It's a new identity and a new truth that I'm still navigating.
Series: Women (65 Articles, 106185 views), Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 116279 views), cancer (4 Articles, 7157 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, November 17, 2011 (7 comments)     

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Don Siegelman: Abramoff's New Book and What It Reveals About Me and My Case Documents that would prove government misconduct have been withheld from us by the government, the prosecutors and now the DoJ since 2001. If Abramoff would open up and tell what really happened in Alabama it would help because Eric Holder could not ignore it. The coverage would be too great.I am expendable unless light is shined so brightly Eric Holder will have to take notice.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010     

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Dr. Walter Bortz Explains How to Get to 100 with Your Faculties Intact Heredity matters,a little,maybe 10%.So,it isn't the cards that you are dealt that matter but how you play the hand.But the good news is that the major contributors to life length and quality are not genetic and therefore subject to our active intervention.70-80% of our health and well-being is the predictable result of decisions made and not made.Fitness for the young is an option.Physical fitness for the old is an imperative.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 (8 comments)     

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Celiac Disease, The Silent Stalker I was diagnosed with the disease about eight years ago, after nearly 10 years of misdiagnosis and actively trying to find out what was wrong with me.The stars aligned as I was interested in leaving the private sector for the nonprofit world. And, as luck would have it, The University of Chicago was looking for a new director.Timing? Fate? Destiny? I don't know, but it has turned in to a very successful and fulfilling endeavor.

Saturday, February 7, 2009 (11 comments)     

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Following Up with Steve Heller, formerly known as the "Diebold Whistle-blower" I recently had the opportunity to catch up with election integrity hero, Steve Heller. Our last interview was back in August, 2007. Join me for this candid, exclusive conversation in which Steve muses about how his life has changed since 2004, and how he feels about that.

Thursday, June 23, 2011 (9 comments)     

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Diane Wilson, Accidental Activist and Eco-Outlaw This wasn't only an environmental fight. it was a gender and class fight.Going the regular route - working inside 'the box' was not going to work on the Texas Gulf Coast.If I acted like a well-behaved little citizen, asking permission and speaking nicely to my elected officials and playing the regular game in town, my bays and the fish and the dolphins and the shrimp and the pelicans and the fishermen were gonna get creamed.

Lauren and Bernie, Columbus OH rally, 3.13.16 Monday, March 14, 2016 (14 comments)     

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Five-Hour Wait in the Rain, But Bernie Was Worth It! What made me pay attention to politics was having a daughter, the hatred Trump was spreading and police brutality. What would America be like for my daughter with a president like Trump? Will my husband survive a routine traffic stop these days? I was looking for a candidate that was going to bring our country back t ogether and that's what I saw in Bernie, a genuine, honest person who was bringing every kind of race together.
Series: grassroots (59 Articles, 109094 views), Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116213 views), economic inequity (46 Articles, 82205 views) (View All Series)

Saturday, December 1, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Novelist John Lescroart Riffs on His Writing, His Music and His Colorful Resume I'd be lying if I said that I'm super glad that my career took this much of a circuitous route to get to success.There were many nights (and days) of self-doubt and even despair, and much agonizing, especially as I married and started a family, over the simple business of making a living.But there is no doubt that, proving the adage that what doesn't kill you makes you strong,these experiences buttressed my resolve to succeed.
Series: authors (34 Articles, 53130 views)

Robert Pollin Friday, April 8, 2016 (7 comments)     

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Economist Robert Pollin: Bernie Will Create Green New Deal I am convinced that Sanders has a credible approach for advancing a Green New Deal and has the commitment to fight for it. He will also have a massive political movement behind him that he has ignited. The total history of both Bill and Hillary Clinton is to cozy up to big business and do their bidding, while throwing out concessions to everyone else, as needed, to advance their own political careers.
Series: Bernie Sanders (32 Articles, 80262 views), economic inequity (46 Articles, 82205 views), economy (17 Articles, 33135 views) (View All Series)

Monday, July 11, 2011 (7 comments)     

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Dr. Sam Miklus, Mastermind Behind Odyssey of the Mind Why should we have a be teacher telling a kid how to build a balsa wood structure when the kid could build one that would be far superior to the teacher's?The teachers play a role in this. For example,if we're having a problem with Greek mythology,the teacher can be the motivator behind the thing rather than the fact person.It's a different way of learning,there's no question about it.Creativity is the essence of human beings.
Series: Careers (60 Articles, 89835 views), Creativity (28 Articles, 41381 views), Empowerment (54 Articles, 74991 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, August 29, 2013     

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Amanda Bennett and "The Cost of Hope: The Story of a Marriage, a Family, and the Quest for Life" Writing is what writers do when something happens to them.I felt like I was doing something useful.I totally felt that he was supporting the project -he was so into learning everything he could about everything that I felt him cheering me on.And also, just selfishly,he was a piece of work. So doing the book gave me an excuse to spend an extra year with him -going through photos, his projects and piles of things. It was fun!
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Wasserman Friday, November 14, 2014 (14 comments)     

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Harvey Wasserman: How the GOP Bought, Rigged, Stole and Lynched the 2014 Election We can get a national holiday for voting, as Bernie Sanders has now proposed. We can start with just that first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, including the whole four-day weekend. We can get universal automatic voter registration, universal hand-counted paper ballots and abolition of the Electoral College.It's a simple program. How do we win it? Well, THAT's the $64 trillion question. But we have to find a way
Series: Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116213 views), journalism (73 Articles, 141515 views), Koch Brothers (7 Articles, 11431 views) (View All Series)

speaking at Union Square Friday, September 19, 2014 (37 comments)     

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Diablo Canyon Nuclear Reactor on FIVE Earthquake Fault Lines! How Can We Shut It Down? Pick your local nuke and shut it down. There's no substitute for personal involvement with a local polluter. That includes fracking and all forms of pollution. Go to the source and show your face in person. It's a hundred times more effective than what we can do online.t's a two-pronged deal---fight the dirty King CONG corporations around the corner, where they can see you, and make your own little Solartopia at home.
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Temple Grandin Thursday, October 29, 2009     

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Talking with Dr. Temple Grandin, Author of "Thinking in Pictures" One of the things that I started looking at very early in my career was all the little things that animals are afraid of. You know I'd get down in the chutes and I could see that the cattle would balk at a shadow, or a shiny reflection, or a chain hanging down and all these things that people tend to not notice. And if you removed these things from the facility, then the animals are going to walk right up the chute.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 (1 comments)     

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Jim Slama Talks About FamilyFarmed.org We promote sustainable and local food.Our mission is to expand the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food,in order to enhance the social, economic and environmental health of our communities.We now work with many of the largest buyers of sustainable and local food to help them purchase sustainable and local food from family farms.

Bob Fitrakis Sunday, November 27, 2016 (8 comments)     

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Green Party Lawyer Fitrakis on Upcoming Recount [Stein] is a supporter of election transparency. The three states chosen for the recount all have statistical red flags and were very close in the votes between the two major presidential candidates.Stein believes the voters have the right to a fair and accurate count.Our system is fundamentally flawed and that we should demand that there be no place in a democratic system for secret proprietary software in our voting process.
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Speaking in LA, 2010 Thursday, November 13, 2014 (9 comments)     

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Russ Baker on "The 'Double Government' Secret Gets Out", the Bush Dynasty and More The web and some radio outlets have made it possible to go around the gatekeepers. And more and more people get that there is a giant con being perpetrated year after year, with elections the "bread and circuses" we all demand as a substitute for real introspection. More wikileaks, more Snowdens, more of the kind of work being done by "renegade" journalists and a growing army of activists, and we'll get to critical mass.
Series: Author/books (36 Articles, 58562 views), Corruption (32 Articles, 77292 views), journalism (73 Articles, 141515 views) (View All Series)

Monday, November 24, 2008 (6 comments)     

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Heifer International: A Different Approach to Gift-Giving I love everything about Thanksgiving - those tantalizing smells wafting out of the kitchen,the festive table, the togetherness of family and friends.It's a lot of work,but well worth it.I can't think about this fast-approaching holiday,however, without fretting about the next up-and-coming one.This article is an antidote, intended to take the sting out of giving.

Monday, March 28, 2011 (2 comments)     

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Visiting Annie Salafsky's Organic Farm Anyone with an interest in agriculture [should] pursue it as a career, no matter who they are or what their circumstance. Country living is peaceful and working with plants is deeply gratifying. Food is of utmost important to everyone. Knowing where it comes from and who grows it, or even better having the privilege of growing your own provides a profound sense of satisfaction.

Ground Zero - Wisconsin Wednesday, August 2, 2017 (1 comments)     

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What's Up with Wisconsin's Recount? The effort shed light on how difficult it is to be sure that US presidential election results are accurate. Jimmy Carter said when asked why his foundation monitors elections all over the world but not in the USA, American elections can't meet his standards. They are pretty good at determining who won in a landslide, but when a contest is close, our policies and practices leave a lot of room for doubt about the outcome.
Series: Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116213 views), Election/Voting (7 Articles, 13976 views), Jill Stein (10 Articles, 19973 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, September 2, 2012 (8 comments)     

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Harvey Wasserman on New Book: "Will the GOP Steal America's 2012 Election" The reality is that through the Electoral College, which narrows the number of votes the GOP needs to steal; the suppression of voter turnout, i.e. the new electronic Jim Crow; the theft of the vote count with e-voting machines; and control of the governorships in most of the key swing states, the Republicans have something close to a lock on this election.

Thursday, January 6, 2011 (4 comments)     

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Art Shay: That Was Then, Part Two I play life the way I played racquetball until I got my national ranking at 60, and won two Illinois state senior titles a year or so later - full out. Life is like flying. You slow down, you fall. It was my mother, Molly, who really initiated the well-meaning WW2 phrase to me, her Jewish son, in flying school."Fly slow, Artie, until you get used to it and stay close to the ground. Don't rush everything, like you always do."

that miraculous eye of ours Tuesday, June 6, 2017 (2 comments)     

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More than Meets the Eye: the Mind-Eye Connection Mind-Eye Connection is known internationally for the unique way we successfully treat patients of all ages. Many of those patients come to our office as a last resort, unable to be helped with traditional eye care methods. We see patients with learning problems, autism, developmental delays, attention problems, brain injury, concussions, mental health disorders, neurological impairments and other types of brain dysfunctions.
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Friday, February 25, 2011 (3 comments)     

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Veterinarian Nicholas Trout on "Ever By My Side, A Memoir in Eight Pets" In the twenty-first century, we lead complicated lives and to me, our relationships with pets have become increasingly important because of the simplicity and purity of the emotions we get to share with them. Pets can be trusted. Our time together is uncomplicated by disapproval, resentment, or conflict. In our world of doomed and dangerous relationships, pets offer love without the risk.

from rawfoodnation.org Wednesday, November 18, 2009 (11 comments)     

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Talking About Food and Farming with Orren Fox I saw Food, Inc. and it really opened my eyes to what is happening. I can't figure out why people aren't more pissed off about this. Factory farming makes animals objects - not living, breathing, creatures. People say to me "But, it's just a chicken"... Right, it is a chicken, but I wouldn't say "just." I would say,it's a funny, bossy,silly animal that I am not willing to torture for the sake of cheap,tasteless meat and eggs.

Thursday, October 6, 2011     

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Church Group Makes 100 Quilts for Lutheran World Relief We give our quilts to Lutheran World Relief. In 2010, quilts went to 24 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In warmer climes, the quilts become a bed for the children to sleep on. In most cases, the quilts provide needed warmth where family resources have been taxed by war, earthquake, or floods.

Wasserman Friday, February 5, 2016 (10 comments)     

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Can Bernie Survive "Strip & Flip"? [Bernie's strong showing in Iowa] is definitely a victory for Bernie and the reality is that we have a strong core of people in this country who know the system is rigged and are unhappy about it. Bernie has talked about the economic system being rigged but we really need to grasp that the vote count is also rigged.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010 (9 comments)     

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No Heat in the Cooler: More Tales from Edgefield Federal Prison Gary, along with all the other prisoners, had no heat last night, and they have no hot water. After more than a week with no hand soap in the restrooms, they were finally given some yesterday, but no hot water, and only the option of washing their hands (and themselves) in icy water when they are already freezing inside. And while there is no heat, the system continues to blow - COLD air.

Thursday, October 4, 2012 (3 comments)     

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Peter Dreier on the Bank CFO Fighting to Foreclose on Wheelchair-Bound Cancer Patient In my article, I ask "who is the real criminal here?" Yes, Wilson broke the law. But Wells Fargo has a long record of illegal and abusive activities, which I itemize in my article. Wells Fargo has lots of resources -- including campaign contributions and lobbying -- to get its voice heard and wield political influence. But people like Wilson have to resort to protest to get their voices heard. That's the point of my article.

Saturday, October 22, 2011 (3 comments)     

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Former Federal Air Marshal On Air Safety And Lack Of Viable Whistleblower Protection I think this administration wants to protect lower-level whistleblowers, as long as they only make disclosures to executive agencies, but never to Congress. Dangerous mismanagement disclosures that embarrass the bureaucracy's senior executives will be met with dozens of agency attorneys and years of litigation using up millions of taxpayers dollars.
Series: Whistleblowers (27 Articles, 58399 views), safety (3 Articles, 7194 views)

Sunday, May 3, 2009 (1 comments)     

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Exclusive Interview with Legal Schnauzer's Roger Shuler Joining us today is Roger Shuler, citizen journalist and the brains behind the blog,Legal Schnauzer:"one couple's encounter with corrupt judges, slimy lawyers, and incompetent prosecutors in Alabama... and how you can avoid being cheated by the vermin who make a mockery of our justice system." Clearly, Shuler doesn't pull his punches.
Series: Roger Shuler (5 Articles, 13110 views)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 (3 comments)     

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Federal Prison's "Camp Cupcake" - Putting the Fun[ny] in Dysfunctional Federal prison employees apparently believe this. Someone decided to rob a bank in Millington.His escape plan was to flee from the scene of the crime, make his way to the federal prison, break in, and hide-under the bed! Certainly, some criminals are smarter than others.NONE are that dumb. Apparently, the same can't be said of federal prison employees.You may want to pause a moment to reflect on "our tax dollars at work."

Stephen Fox Friday, June 3, 2016 (39 comments)     

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Stephen Fox's "Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Help Him Win!" There are so many unanswered questions. I recall asking the news editor of the NYC AP Bureau how many times they had spoken with the two ladies who took the rap for the purging, and what did they have to say about who pressured them or bribed them. He replied that they had never talked to them at all. Are all Americans and NYers in particular anesthetized and inoculated against any more scandals involving the front runner?
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views), Bernie Sanders (32 Articles, 80262 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 87173 views) (View All Series)

William Rivers Pitt Thursday, February 28, 2013 (7 comments)     

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The ABCs of Sequester with William Rivers Pitt We need massive national road and bridge infrastructure repair, the development of alternative energy infrastructure in the manner that Germany has pursued with solar, transnational high speed rail, and so much else...so what we need is a reorganization of our national priorities that allows us to take all that "defense" money and all those "defense" jobs and put them to work making the country we know we can be.
Series: Congress (9 Articles, 17607 views), debt (3 Articles, 6722 views), economic inequity (46 Articles, 82205 views) (View All Series)

Monday, August 16, 2010 (2 comments)     

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Reflections of Veteran Chicago Newspaperman, John Blades I was a poor student even in English class,where a C was a mighty achievement for me.But I was always a compulsive reader,having learned to read before I went to kindergarten.I consider it a blessing that we (my family and my friends' families) didn't have TV sets, otherwise we would've spent all our down time watching junky TV shows, rather than reading junky books.The addiction to reading proved useful in my mature years.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Former Competitive Swimmer Muses on Skills Gained in the Pool Swimming on a team gave me confidence in my abilities, and allowed me times of feeling powerful.Swimming also enhanced other traits that existed within me:time management skills, a strong work ethic,organizational skills, math computational skills, leadership opportunities, perseverance, independence, and faith in my own effort.I have taken what I loved about competitive swimming and created that at the YMCA in my own way.

Sunday, January 16, 2011 (7 comments)     

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Update on Single Payer from Dr. Margaret Flowers Work for peace and for social and economic justice is all related.We need to join together in our actions to create a healthy,prosperous and just country.This means that we must organize large acts of non-violent resistance together that focus on weakening corporate power and letting legislators know that business as usual cannot continue.As we continue to educate, organize and act, more people will join us in any way they can

Thursday, November 19, 2009     

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Part Two: Talking About Food and Farming with Orren Fox I go to Glen Urquhart School. We have a huge greenhouse and we partner with The Food Project to grow pesticide-free produce for local shelters. Actually, I don't think of myself as an activist. I just talk about what I'm into. I think my classmates and friends are probably also interested in really cool things,like speaking Chinese or trains. I just happen to collect all my ideas on a blog where what I am thinking is visible.

Hillary Clinton Testimony To House Select Committee on Benghazi Wednesday, May 25, 2016 (6 comments)     

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FOIA Reveals SoS Clinton Promoted Global Fracking The irony: fracking has only reached commercial-scale levels in the US, Argentina, Canada and China. Everywhere else, due to either geology or low oil prices, it has failed. So in some ways, GSGI was a mission failed. But it does show that this type of activity could continue under a Hillary Clinton Administration, just as it did under Obama's. And that is nothing but bad news from a climate change and ecological perspective.
Series: Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116213 views), ethics (11 Articles, 37702 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 87173 views) (View All Series)

Bob Koehler Friday, September 2, 2016 (19 comments)     

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It's About Time for the Human Race To Grow Up The Restorative Justice movement represents a huge paradigm shift, something that perhaps could equal the geological shift embodied in the Anthropocene transition. We have to learn to live without enemies, without entitlement. We have to learn to listen. We have to build peace every way we can: with ourselves, with one another, with Mother Earth. We have to find love and do what we can to let it flourish.
Series: environmental (23 Articles, 42490 views), behavior/psychology (24 Articles, 35301 views), Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views) (View All Series)

People Power: The People Lobby Sunday, January 19, 2014 (6 comments)     

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The People Lobby Nails Down The Senate Finance Committee On The Trans Pacific Partnership What this new resource empowers you to do is make a public record of what the congressional aides you speak to are saying, to cut though all the puff about where they actually stand and whether or not we, the people, can count on their vote, and to demand that they vote in our interest. Just like the name says, the intent is to make the voice of the people a real lobbying force for the first time.
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Eastern forests and fall foliage Monday, January 5, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Is GMO Chestnut Tree Monsanto's Trojan Horse? the GE chestnut has been engineered with foreign DNA from wheat, a process which damages the genome and leads to numerous mutations. This means the engineered tree will likely have unanticipated and unpredictable consequences when released into a forest ecosystem. As we've seen time and again with GMO crops, these unanticipated consequences can be very damaging to biodiversity and wildlife, not to mention people.
Series: environmental (23 Articles, 42490 views), Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views)

Thursday, January 20, 2011 (14 comments)     

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Kurt Stone on his "Memo to Sarah Palin" Three days before the shooting,my newest book, "The Jews of Capitol Hill," was published by Scarecrow Press.It is a sweeping history seen through the eyes,lives and accomplishments of the 200 Jewish men and women who have served in Congress 1840 to the present.Included was one on Rep. Giffords.So here I am, having published what is likely the first in-depth biographic essay of a woman later caught in an assassin's cross-hairs.

Thursday, October 8, 2009 (6 comments)     

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More Collateral Damage from the Siegelman Case: Talking with DOJ Whistleblower, Tamarah Grimes It has been a devastating experience that has adversely affected every aspect of my life. Through this entire process, I continued to believe that the next person would be the one who would bring an element of sanity. I believed that the primary agenda of whistleblower protection was the promotion of honesty and integrity within the federal government.
Series: Careers (60 Articles, 89835 views), Whistleblowers (27 Articles, 58399 views), Don Siegelman (14 Articles, 38603 views) (View All Series)

Jonathan Simon Sunday, April 12, 2015 (28 comments)     

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CODE RED: Jonathan Simon's Hail-Mary for Democracy For all the illusion of business as usual, our democracy itself is in the ICU on life support. Yet "the basic counting of votes, in an observable way that ensures the legitimacy of our elections, . . . is an easy assignment. We need only to break a spell that has been cast on us--a spell of convenience, passivity, helplessness. We need only remember that democracy is not something that we watch, it is something that we do."
Series: Author/books (36 Articles, 58562 views), Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116213 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109094 views) (View All Series)

Monday, January 24, 2011 (2 comments)     

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Twentieth-Century Success Story: Poor Immigrant Family Achieved American Dream Through Music It starts with an immigrant couple just off the boat [at] Ellis Island, overwhelmed and excited about a new life filled with expectations and hope. Nathan and Mary had eight children - my mother had a twin that died - so that left seven. Six went on to fame and, not quite "fortune." But to a first generation of Americans, it was a new kind of "fortune" - it was success in a new country.

Liza Featherstone Wednesday, June 15, 2016     

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Timely New Book Examines HRC's Faux Feminism I'm very tired of seeing feminism weaponized by the Clinton campaign and its supporters in defense of such a bloodthirsty agenda. But in a way the 2016 primary was very positive because it showed that both feminism and socialism could be proper subjects for public discourse, and that both were quite popular! Since those are two of the most important global movements for human liberation, I think that's pretty good news.
Series: Military/Foreign Policy (22 Articles, 41036 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 87173 views), ethics (11 Articles, 37702 views) (View All Series)

No Future Sunday, July 10, 2016 (23 comments)     

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Does FBI Director Comey Think Hillary Clinton Is Above the Law? We have a right to be outraged that Director Comey explained his actions with such an obviously flawed rationale in the face of very public evidence documenting Clinton's violation of law and intent to do so. Don't we rate first-rate lies for these grand deceptions by the power elite? Are they just throwing out any excuse as a matter of form? Do they really think we're stupid enough to buy this?
Series: Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116213 views), ethics (11 Articles, 37702 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 87173 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, June 27, 2010     

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Jenna Blum, best-selling author of "The Stormchasers" Like many of my readers,I have loved people in my family who are bipolar, and I know firsthand what it's like to watch somebody struggle with the severity of the disorder's moods. I always knew I wanted to write about the disorder, those who have it and those who love them.What struck me when I was researching bipolar disorder was how often sufferers and professionals likened the disorder to another of my obsessions:storms.

Thursday, June 16, 2011     

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Award-winning Children's Author Blue Balliett on "The Danger Box" and More I'm always fascinated by how kids -- and the rest of us -- learn most effectively. I [taught] at UC Lab Schools for ten years. Ms. Hussey and I see eye to eye philosophically, but I would probably have been fired if I'd done all of the wild things she did! I was, however, a teacher who loved to launch into unpredictable, real-world investigations with my classes, adventures driven by the curiosities of the group.

Friday, July 1, 2011 (9 comments)     

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Election Integrity Advocates Take On Internet Voting In California I believe that we will block or at least alter the email voting bill that sailed through the Senate.A major difference will be that a small but dedicated network of advocates is organizing opposition to the bill. Calls and emails are pouring into assemblymembers' offices, all opposed.6 years ago,it was difficult just to be heard. Now we are better organized and definitely influencing legislation.We only fail if we quit.

RAM founder, Stan Brock Sunday, October 25, 2009 (1 comments)     

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Talking with Remote Area Medical Founder, Stan Brock We started out in a very small way. We had a request from a very poor county here in Appalachia that had lost their dentist. We literally put a heavy dental chair that we borrowed in the back of a pickup truck with a couple of dentists and the helpers and drove out to the location and fixed some teeth.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 (7 comments)     

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Guerrilla filmmaker Robert Greenwald Talks About "Sick for Profit" Campaign We saw former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton be completely pro-active, drawing up their own bill, and trying to push it through Congress, but those efforts failed. Obama is trying a different approach... Our job as activists is not to sit back and kvetch and second guess; it is to organize, organize, and organize to build the pressure for change. The pressure for change always comes from below.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010     

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Jamie Ford, author of best-seller "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" A writer-friend gave me a book with the inscription,"May all your characters have immortal souls."I loved the sound of that.So I guess I try to give each character a unique heartbeat.And I'm much more apt to create characters around a set of circumstances,than a set of descriptions.By that I mean,I envision characters being wedded to their problems,which hopefully makes them people we can all relate to, on an emotional level.

Conor Kenny Thursday, April 1, 2010 (4 comments)     

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OMG*: Actual Cost of Wall St. Bailout was $4.6 TRILLION! We put together this bailout accounting because no one had yet sat down and figured out how much the full Wall Street bailout has actually cost taxpayers.Other attempts have looked at how much money the bailout could 'theoretically' cost or how much we had spent on all stimulus and bailout programs,but we wanted to know how much money Wall Street has actually received. The answer? A little more than $4.6 trillion.

Monday, November 11, 2013     

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Inmates Stick Their Necks Out to Cast Light on Recent Prison Death A prisoner who was very distressed about the events was threatened that he would be sent to solitary confinement for telling his own wife. I have shared with you the written statements of two prisoners who shared crucial moments of the day Mr. Hallford died. They understand the risk is to all prisoners when there is no accountability and and prison employees are allowed to kill prisoners without consequences.
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Monday, December 17, 2012 (6 comments)     

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Michael Collins on Obama's Failures and What Awaits Us The financial and power elite,The Money Party, have no solutions for the problems we face. Popular respect fo the system is vanishing quicker than ever.Their greed is making the nation and planet figuratively and quite literally unlivable. Their grip on reality is limited.However,their grip on power will tighten in response to their fear of huge public dissatisfaction leading to civil unrest and the guilt they bear
Series: economic inequity (46 Articles, 82205 views), economy (17 Articles, 33135 views), journalism (73 Articles, 141515 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 (4 comments)     

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Scott Horton Shines the Spotlight on the DoJ, Exclusive Interview a member of the prosecution team has now come forward and acknowledged that his claims are completely correct.She details how he was threatened and coerced to give false evidence and how the prosecutors working on the case traded jokes a bout it.This is a serious felony,and the prosecutors involved should forfeit their law degrees and be marched off to jail.But that would require a DoJ that actually enforces the criminal law.

Saturday, October 31, 2009 (7 comments)     

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Free Antibiotics at Meijer! Check It Out! As long as you have a doctor's prescription,anyone in your family - adult,child or family pet-can take advantage of this offer.You don't have to be sneaky about it.They are delighted to help out pet owners as well as just plain,under-the-weather humans."Rising health care costs are having a dramatic impact on families across the country.Our free antibiotic program is the next step to improving the health of our customers."

Monday, October 5, 2009 (2 comments)     

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Talking with Harvey Wasserman, activist, journalist, author, college professor (and more) We are on the brink of the abyss,as we were in 1965.LBJ had the choice of pulling out of Vietnam or plunging in.He made the wrong decision,and we have been paying for it ever since.Now Obama has the parallel choice in Afghanistan.To send more troops is to throw our the last of our diminished fortunes and the blood of yet another generation into the abyss. It will also destroy Obama and his presidency.We cannot let it happen.

Monday, April 27, 2009 (5 comments)     

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Democracy under Attack in Florida A recent editorial in the Orlando Sentinel quotes the Governor: "What is it we're trying to cure? The more opportunity you give people to vote, the better it is for democracy."- This is a perfect opportunity for Crist to stand behind his own words by vetoing this heinous bill. Americans will applaud his actions.

Monday, April 11, 2011 (11 comments)     

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Symphony of Science - The Music Video That's Actually Good for You! Symphony of Science is a music video series that remixes the powerful words of influential scientists and makes them sing about their subjects, through the use of auto-tuning techniques. A Glorious Dawn, garnered an unexpected amount of success and praise and amassed a million views in under a month.Since then, I have released nine videos on topics like evolution, the brain, space exploration, the big bang theory, and more.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Apartheid at NYU? Prof. Michael Rectenwald Is Afraid So 70% of the faculty is contract faculty that teaches the lion's share of the classes.In the case of full-time contract faculty,it also designs and implements curricula and takes part in committee work yet has absolutely no representation on the Faculty Senate the governing arm of the university. This is significant, much like the kind of voting situation that pertained in Great Britain before the voting reform laws were passed

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 (7 comments)     

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Robert Reich and his new film, "Inequality for All" - An In-Depth Interview We did it well in the first three decades after World War II. America's economy doubled, as did the incomes of just about everyone. In fact, those in the bottom fifth rose faster than those in the top fifth. We achieved an extraordinary degree of equality -- and we also were serious about achieving equality of opportunity, through major educational investments (beginning with the GI Bill), through the Civil Rights Act and
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Sunday, October 17, 2010     

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Leah Oppenheimer, College Student and Competitive Cyclist In the off season, I am often not sure what to do with the seemingly large amount of free time acquired from not training, and it often makes me procrastinate more than I usually would. But in general, I just love the sport, the spectators, and the other competitors. Cycling has some of the kindest and strongest people alive racing, and hearing spectators screaming during a race makes it even more exciting for us.

Monday, January 24, 2011 (4 comments)     

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Hello Kitty Mysteriously Disappears from Prisoner's Mail at Edgefield Gary crochets in prison and has made heartfelt gifts for loved ones.Our youngest daughter loves Hello Kitty and her birthday is coming up soon. So he had asked me to send him something with Hello Kitty on grid or graph paper so that he could crochet as a birthday gift for her.When Gary told me he had received the mail, I asked if he liked the Kitty options, only to have him tell me there was no Hello Kitty.She was just gone.

US Map Pre-Merger Monday, December 21, 2009 (3 comments)     

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BlackBoxVoting's Bev Harris Walks Us Through the DOJ Anti-Trust Probe of ES&S The genius of a truly democratic system lies in dispersed power and public controls over public elections. When you consolidate power to a single entity, you create a system that is perhaps tidy, but very unstable. Dictatorships are tidy. Democratic systems are messy, but the dispersal of power makes them stable. Centralized control destabilizes our democratic system of government.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 (4 comments)     

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Will NYU's Sexton Plan Screw Students and Bring School Down? NYU wants to cram four giant buildings onto two large residential blocks just south of its Greenwich Village campus--a move that would subject the neighborhood to at least 20 years of demolition and construction; wipe out some two acres of green space in an area that already has the second-lowest amount of such oasis in Manhattan; ...and threaten both the solvency and academic standing of the university itself.

Nevertheless She Persisted: the artwork that caught fire Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (12 comments)     

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#ShePersisted Goes Viral! I had an epiphany and remembered all the times I was silenced or ignored and all the times I was insulted, by both males and females. I didn't want my daughters to grow up hearing the same things I had. I decided to flip McConnell's quote into a positive as a way of saying, "Yeah, well, you threw all of this at me and I never gave up." I post most of my artwork on my FB page. Twenty-four hours later, it was everywhere.
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 319469 views), Empowerment (54 Articles, 74991 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109094 views) (View All Series)

Monday, November 9, 2009     

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Talking with Steve Sugarman of International Humanities Center There has been so much misery,so much behind-the-scenes dealing amongst the powers-that-be,and people are tired of it.They want to make positive, lasting change.No one begins a charitable endeavor because they love the back-office tasks.The role of a fiscal sponsor is to vault these projects into action,rather than them having to wait months for IRS exemption,by which time many of the situations will have run their course.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 (5 comments)     

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"Women to Go-Chicago" Event Spotlights Sex Trafficking, Not Take-Out It's designed to send the message that women are not for sale. We plan to take over a retail store window for one day. In the window we will have models posing as women literally for sale, complete with price tags and descriptions including age, weight, and measurements. Rather than have them look attractive or "sexy," the women will have their hair and makeup done so as to appear as if they've been abused.
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Thursday, June 2, 2011 (3 comments)     

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Young Chicago Entrepreneur Brings Green Cleaning Products to Market People have to clean no matter how bad the economy gets. There is an amazing power that comes with a great idea in business. It's just one of those things that can't be stopped. I have always felt like my success in business would be largely based on how good my idea is, no matter what the climate. It was this thinking, combined with some risk taking and confidence, that led me to still start my business.

Whistleblower Mark Klein Tuesday, August 25, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Whistleblower Reveals AT&T/NSA Menace to Public: Part 1 In 2002, word quickly spread that [the management tech, being cleared for a special job] would be working in a "secret room" which was being installed at a nearby central office on Folsom Street in SF. So we inferred, correctly, that the NSA was installing equipment inside AT&T's network. By sheer coincidence, I was assigned to take charge of the internet room, and so I ended up on top of the NSA operation.
Series: NSA/surveillance (5 Articles, 7339 views), Careers (60 Articles, 89835 views), authors (34 Articles, 53130 views) (View All Series)

Villagers and Good Earth Nepal team are building an earthbag school in Agra, Makwanpur Sunday, September 11, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Earthquake-Proof in the Himalayas In Nepal, 55 Earthbag buildings survived a 7.8 magnitude earthquake with no structural damage. Earthbag technology is an inexpensive, simple and sustainable method for building. Having evolved from military bunker construction and flood control methods, Earthbag buildings are notable for their ability to endure fire, flood, wind, earthquake and vermin, and are used in disaster-prone zones all over the world.
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Dean Baker Tuesday, April 12, 2016 (5 comments)     

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Economist Dean Baker Dissects Bernie's NY Daily News Interview Since someone just sent me the transcript of the Clinton interview, let me take the opportunity to make a contrast. Clinton['s response] is complete and total nonsense...If the media treated Clinton in the same way as Sanders, she would be a national laughing stock for this answer. But in all probability no one will pay attention. Anyhow, you can blame Sanders for not recognizing that he would be held to a much higher standard
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Thursday, December 25, 2008 (9 comments)     

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"Murder, Spies & Voting Lies: The Clint Curtis Story" My guest is filmmaker Patty Sharaf.Her latest film is "Murder, Spies & Voting Lies:The Clint Curtis Story".Released earlier this year, MSVL already won best documentary at the New Jersey Film Festival. All the ingredients of a blockbuster""a whistleblower,corruption in high places,a suspicious suicide,a dash of espionage,election fraud,media silence,&democracy itself in peril ""plus the Added Scariness Fact that it's all true!

Judy and Gary White, circa 1996 Friday, July 10, 2015 (5 comments)     

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Federal Bureau of Prisons - Is There a Doctor in the House? On 9/29/10 the medical abuse began, and I began trying to get help to stop it and obtain proper medical care for Gary - they do not want to hear from me, or hear about abuse of prisoners, and particularly do not want the public to know how prisoners are mistreated, abused, and die from prison employees' withholding of medical care, 8th Amendment violations, and other acts and omissions that harm prisoners and their families.
Series: Prison (32 Articles, 57041 views), justice (25 Articles, 46616 views), Judy White (14 Articles, 28977 views) (View All Series)

Friday, October 2, 2009 (2 comments)     

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Greening America: Talking with Mindful Metropolis Publisher/CEO Richard McGinnis, Part Two What I got from both my rural and my urban experience: that the two have to come together somehow.The food resources in the urban environment are lacking except to the privileged segments of the metropolitan community who can afford to shop the seasonal farmer's markets and stores like Whole Foods.My passions are bringing together farm and city,organic food, proper care of the land & appreciation for the gifts of nature.

Monday, January 7, 2013 (4 comments)     

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Civil Rights Lawyer Jon Loevy Plays to Win We play to win. Many of the lawyers at the firm got our training at firms where the battles involved huge sums of money, fought by "Type A" lawyers who did not want to lose. For their corporate clients, those lawyers put an unbelievable amount of time and effort and thought into every letter, every sentence of every brief. Everything has to be perfect. We've brought that level of intensity and excellence to civil rights cases.
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Saturday, February 4, 2012 (11 comments)   &nbs