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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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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 7, 2009
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."
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 23, 2010
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?"
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(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 25, 2010
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.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 20, 2008
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 29, 2011
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.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 4, 2011
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, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 7, 2014
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 (208 Articles, 422639 views), civil rights (14 Articles, 34683 views), Don Siegelman (14 Articles, 44523 views) (View All Series)
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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 (68 Articles, 165206 views), Corruption (32 Articles, 89731 views), ethics (11 Articles, 42169 views) (View All Series)
Seth Abramson, From MyPhotos
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 27, 2016
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 (125 Articles, 263964 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 97166 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 89274 views) (View All Series)
From flickr.com/photos/47422005@N04/21035735086/: Bernie Sanders - Caricature, From MyPhotos
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 24, 2016
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 (125 Articles, 263964 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 97166 views), grassroots (67 Articles, 145679 views) (View All Series)
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(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 26, 2013
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 (27 Articles, 60336 views), journalism (76 Articles, 173294 views), Whistleblowers (27 Articles, 67051 views) (View All Series)
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 26, 2013
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 (208 Articles, 422639 views), journalism (76 Articles, 173294 views), Roger Shuler (5 Articles, 14236 views) (View All Series)
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 2, 2017
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 (208 Articles, 422639 views), Empowerment (63 Articles, 108404 views), grassroots (67 Articles, 145679 views) (View All Series)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, From FlickrPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 26, 2016
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, 89731 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 89274 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 165206 views) (View All Series)
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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, 20791 views), journalism (76 Articles, 173294 views), Activism (208 Articles, 422639 views) (View All Series)
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 29, 2012
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
What's wrong with this picture? Judy's
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 23, 2019
Federal Bureau of Prisons' 50 Shades of ... Brown? For years I have heard rumors that the BOP has life insurance on prisoners, with the BOP being the beneficiary.If true, that would certainly make their interest in holding onto the sick and elderly prisoners clear, as well as the pervasive practice of refusing to provide needed medical care in the early stages when treatments would save lives. If the BOP receives bonus life insurance payouts with the death of every prisoner...
Series: Prison (38 Articles, 82986 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 263964 views), Judy White (19 Articles, 46558 views) (View All Series)
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 16, 2011
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.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 8, 2013
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 (208 Articles, 422639 views), Freedom of the Press (5 Articles, 18980 views), grassroots (67 Articles, 145679 views) (View All Series)
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 28, 2011
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.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 16, 2011
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.
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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.
(73 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 19, 2016
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, 97166 views), ethics (11 Articles, 42169 views), Bernie Sanders (38 Articles, 110853 views) (View All Series)
Dick Cheney Now Available in Female, From ImagesAttr
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 27, 2016
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 (30 Articles, 89274 views), Military/Foreign Policy (22 Articles, 48727 views), Bernie Sanders (38 Articles, 110853 views) (View All Series)
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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.
Candidate Bernie's numbers ARE adding up, From MyPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 14, 2016
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 (67 Articles, 145679 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 89274 views), economic inequity (46 Articles, 96072 views) (View All Series)
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 13, 2010
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.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 16, 2011
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.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 11, 2014
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.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 8, 2012
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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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.
Series: Empowerment (63 Articles, 108404 views), Creativity (39 Articles, 68847 views), Careers (62 Articles, 112680 views) (View All Series)
Prof. Gerald Friedman and Cezanne tie, From MyPhotos
(35 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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 (125 Articles, 263964 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 97166 views), health care (12 Articles, 32661 views) (View All Series)
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 5, 2011
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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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.
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(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 5, 2012
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.
Expressway to Trade Hell: TPP, From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 14, 2016
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, 44638 views), Exploitation (31 Articles, 69473 views), environmental (24 Articles, 53240 views) (View All Series)
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 11, 2008
"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
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 13, 2010
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 25, 2012
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, 44523 views), journalism (76 Articles, 173294 views), justice (25 Articles, 56384 views) (View All Series)
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(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 22, 2016
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, 13875 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 165206 views), Corruption (32 Articles, 89731 views) (View All Series)
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 17, 2010
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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 26, 2007
"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?
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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 (208 Articles, 422639 views), Entrepreneurs (30 Articles, 54721 views), Exploitation (31 Articles, 69473 views) (View All Series)
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(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 15, 2015
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 (125 Articles, 263964 views), Illness (24 Articles, 51667 views), behavior/psychology (29 Articles, 51529 views) (View All Series)
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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 (76 Articles, 173294 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 97166 views), Exploitation (31 Articles, 69473 views) (View All Series)
Kevin Toomey, From ImagesAttr
(46 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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, 12051 views), health care (12 Articles, 32661 views)
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 14, 2016
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, 48727 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 97166 views), Author/books (41 Articles, 78760 views) (View All Series)
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 9, 2011
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, 7749 views), Food (9 Articles, 16227 views), health (27 Articles, 60336 views) (View All Series)
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 13, 2010
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!
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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.
the story that refuses to die, From MyPhotos
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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 (29 Articles, 51529 views), Corruption (32 Articles, 89731 views), Crime (6 Articles, 14257 views) (View All Series)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 14, 2008
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.
Grace Lombardo, From ImagesAttr
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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 (67 Articles, 129251 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 263964 views), cancer (4 Articles, 9157 views) (View All Series)
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 31, 2011
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.
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 5, 2009
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.
Steven, Dianne and family, Last Prison Visit, January, 2019, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 4, 2019
Compassionate Release Granted Too Late, Inmate Dies Alone It was the head chaplain on the other end of the phone. His voice was solemn and he said "I'm sorry", as my heart dropped through the floor and the blood drained from my head at the words, "Your husband has passed"... He said that he got the faxed papers and went up to Steve's room at 3:15. Steve died at 3:12. He had been a free man for a little over an hour and a half [although he never knew it].
Series: Prison (38 Articles, 82986 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 263964 views), Illness (24 Articles, 51667 views) (View All Series)
Grant and Martha, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 20, 2014
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 (52 Articles, 100203 views), Careers (62 Articles, 112680 views), Author/books (41 Articles, 78760 views) (View All Series)
Tom, 10/2013, testifying vs. Jones Day's excessive deal to resolve Detroit's interest rate swaps with their other clients, Bank of America and UBS, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 29, 2014
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.
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Fighting for Don's Freedom, Brad Blog 9.10.2012, From ImagesAttr
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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 (125 Articles, 263964 views), journalism (76 Articles, 173294 views), Don Siegelman (14 Articles, 44523 views) (View All Series)
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 7, 2009
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.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 27, 2011
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.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 17, 2010
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 (68 Articles, 165206 views), journalism (76 Articles, 173294 views)
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 2, 2011
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 13, 2011
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, 7823 views), Whistleblowers (27 Articles, 67051 views)
Iceberg Arch and Mountains, Spert Islands, Antarctica, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 26, 2015
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...
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 29, 2012
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.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 5, 2014
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
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 15, 2011
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.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 14, 2009
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
What the TPP looks like, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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 (208 Articles, 422639 views), Business (13 Articles, 29891 views), Congress (10 Articles, 22059 views) (View All Series)
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 8, 2010
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.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 18, 2011
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.
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(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 28, 2014
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.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 24, 2012
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."
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 27, 2010
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.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 6, 2016
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, 17636 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 165206 views), Bernie Sanders (38 Articles, 110853 views) (View All Series)
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 29, 2010
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.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 25, 2010
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 22, 2010
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.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 24, 2014
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 (208 Articles, 422639 views), economy (17 Articles, 38598 views), environmental (24 Articles, 53240 views) (View All Series)
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 12, 2008
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.
Cover art of 25th anniversary edition of 'The Wheels on the Bus'; headshot from Paul's website, From ImagesAttr
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Inside "The Wheels on the Bus": Interview with Caldecott Winner Paul Zelinsky "I did not grow up with the intention of becoming a children's book maker. I loved books, and pictures, and pictures in books, which basically means children's books, but I didn't quite understand that books were made by living people, and that becoming one of those people was a possible thing. So I thought I'd be an artist, or an architect, but I also liked to amuse myself and my friends by making books with stories in them."
Series: authors (38 Articles, 72006 views), Children (15 Articles, 24739 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 263964 views) (View All Series)
Secretary Clinton Making a Press Announcement, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 16, 2016
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, 97166 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 165206 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 89274 views) (View All Series)
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 29, 2013
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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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 27, 2016
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.
Series: Activism (208 Articles, 422639 views), Donald Trump (8 Articles, 16137 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 165206 views) (View All Series)
Mark Karlin, From MyPhotos
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 24, 2016
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 (68 Articles, 165206 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 89274 views), economic inequity (46 Articles, 96072 views) (View All Series)
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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.
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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
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 8, 2016
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 (38 Articles, 110853 views), economic inequity (46 Articles, 96072 views), economy (17 Articles, 38598 views) (View All Series)
the great State of Wisconsin, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 2, 2017
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 (68 Articles, 165206 views), Election/Voting (7 Articles, 17636 views), Jill Stein (10 Articles, 24461 views) (View All Series)
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 1, 2012
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.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 9, 2011
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 30, 2010
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.
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 29, 2011
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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.
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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.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 17, 2009
Snopes Warns of Virus: Email Subject line: Obama Acceptance Speech Warn friends and family about this computer virus.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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."
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 11, 2011
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 (62 Articles, 112680 views), Creativity (39 Articles, 68847 views), Empowerment (63 Articles, 108404 views) (View All Series)
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 14, 2016
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 (67 Articles, 145679 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 165206 views), economic inequity (46 Articles, 96072 views) (View All Series)
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 8, 2010
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.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 7, 2009
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.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 23, 2011
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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.
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(37 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 19, 2014
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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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 5, 2015
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 (24 Articles, 53240 views), Activism (208 Articles, 422639 views)
The Nation endorses Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
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Election Analyst Delves into Bernie's "Electability" Based upon actual data rather than mere opinion, it is shown that Bernie Sanders can win the White House. Primary results and polling data from 2016 and 2020 show Bernie defeating Donald Trump then and now. Bernie would carry the "Blue Wall" lost by Hillary Clinton, and he has proven strength in rural counties all across the nation. A Sanders victory depends upon a unified Democratic party, and a free and fair election.
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(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 14, 2014
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
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 17, 2011
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 16, 2010
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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 10, 2015
The World of Cyber Bullying: Author Nicola Mar Promotes Awareness Bullying has gotten a lot worse because of the rise of the Internet. Kids come home and cannot escape the attacks. Not only are kids constantly connected online and experiencing the hateful comments, but bullies hiding behind a screen have the courage to say things even they may never say in person. Every year, approximately two million adolescents attempt suicide. Half of those are from bullying. That is a huge number!
Series: students (19 Articles, 32344 views), authors (38 Articles, 72006 views), Activism (208 Articles, 422639 views) (View All Series)
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 5, 2010
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
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 4, 2011
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 13, 2010
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.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 28, 2013
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.
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(39 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 3, 2016
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?
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 13, 2014
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 (41 Articles, 78760 views), Corruption (32 Articles, 89731 views), journalism (76 Articles, 173294 views) (View All Series)
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 11, 2016
While You Were Sleeping, Obama Did WHAT for Oil and Gas Pipelines?! During the Paris climate summit convened by the UN, President Obama and Congress signed into law a bill that expedites permitting for oil and gas pipelines and other critical fossil fuel-related infrastructure within the US. This comes of course weeks after he claimed he nixed Keystone XL (when all he did was nixed the N. leg of it) and of course in the midst of a climate summit at the end of which he claimed "leadership".
Series: Exploitation (31 Articles, 69473 views), environmental (24 Articles, 53240 views), Federal (7 Articles, 14263 views) (View All Series)
Harvey Wasserman, From MyPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 5, 2016
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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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 29, 2009
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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People Power: The People Lobby, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 19, 2014
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.
Series: Activism (208 Articles, 422639 views), Business (13 Articles, 29891 views), Congress (10 Articles, 22059 views) (View All Series)
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 2, 2012
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 4, 2012
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 29, 2011
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 25, 2011
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.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 24, 2008
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 31, 2010
Journalist/Historian/Social Activist Harvey Wasserman on How Howard Zinn Changed My Life What amazes me is that,though Debs was the most famous and best-loved leader at the era,I had been taught absolutely nothing about him in 5 years of college/grad school,majoring in history.He appeared in any depth only in the teachings of a handful of "left" historians like Zinn...I sent a copy (of my book) to Howard.He wrote back a lovely note on a single sheet of yellow paper telling me he liked the book & to persevere.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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 (68 Articles, 165206 views), ethics (11 Articles, 42169 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 97166 views) (View All Series)
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 6, 2011
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."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 28, 2011
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.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 2, 2020
Freeing Ourselves From Emotional Eating It's not the thing we think we want that we want -- whether it's a thin body, success at work, a loving relationship or riches -- it's how we believe that having that will affect us. The Big Lie is that things we can touch, see or have make us happy, but that never happens, not once. We keep ourselves entranced about this so that we can keep wanting and keep believing that someday, we will finally relax, be content.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 16, 2010
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.
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(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 12, 2015
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 (41 Articles, 78760 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 165206 views), grassroots (67 Articles, 145679 views) (View All Series)
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 12, 2009
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.
Series: Activism (208 Articles, 422639 views), Business (13 Articles, 29891 views), Careers (62 Articles, 112680 views) (View All Series)
Bob Koehler, From MyPhotos
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 2, 2016
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 (24 Articles, 53240 views), behavior/psychology (29 Articles, 51529 views), Activism (208 Articles, 422639 views) (View All Series)
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 6, 2011
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.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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."
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 2, 2013
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
Series: Activism (208 Articles, 422639 views), Documentary (29 Articles, 47221 views), economic inequity (46 Articles, 96072 views) (View All Series)
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 28, 2013
Urban Times' Mohamed Huque on Prison Labor in America Most Americans will never have any interaction with the justice system and have little idea of what goes on behind the high walls and watchtowers. But through the goods and services provided by inmates, they are directly involved in the economy that sustains it. I think that is important knowledge they should have the next time they purchase an item from their grocery aisle or department store.
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Nevertheless She Persisted: the artwork that caught fire, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 14, 2017
#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 (208 Articles, 422639 views), Empowerment (63 Articles, 108404 views), grassroots (67 Articles, 145679 views) (View All Series)
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 22, 2011
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, 67051 views), safety (3 Articles, 7823 views)
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 11, 2013
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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(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 10, 2016
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 (68 Articles, 165206 views), ethics (11 Articles, 42169 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 97166 views) (View All Series)
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 8, 2009
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 (62 Articles, 112680 views), Whistleblowers (27 Articles, 67051 views), Don Siegelman (14 Articles, 44523 views) (View All Series)
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 25, 2013
Beyond Hoops: Phoenix Suns Co-Owner Richard Jaffe is High on Poetry I grew up playing basketball, I have been interested in business since I was 13 years old, but poetry came to me a little later in life. One of my favorite quotes says: "No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care." I go through life caring and sharing with people and then write about how it makes me feel and the lessons I learn about happiness and inner peace.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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, 48727 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 97166 views), ethics (11 Articles, 42169 views) (View All Series)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 3, 2009
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.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 16, 2011
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
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 22, 2012
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.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 1, 2011
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.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 17, 2012
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
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 24, 2011
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.
(36 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 7, 2017
Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis "Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis" is an analysis of the internal causes of the loss of the 2016 presidential election by a team of Democratic activists. It focuses on some of the Democratic Party's most crucial failures and opportunities for the future.
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(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 20, 2011
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.
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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."
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 19, 2009
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.
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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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 11, 2016
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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"Making Manna" - A Novel about Incarceration and Baking Bread The real problem is that the justice system doesn't protect people who need protection and doesn't help people who've been hurt. My story shows people -- betrayed by the justice system -- finding their own paths. They want to heal wounds, hold people accountable and make amends. But they must do it on their own. Their instincts are closer to what's sometimes called Restorative Justice. "Crime is a wound. Justice should heal."
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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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Your Vote: Raped and Pillaged - OEN Interviews Greg Palast Arizona was unusual only in that WHITE people waited hours in line to vote... Look at the 1.4 million votes "spoiled." They are cast but not counted--because of all kinds of crazy nonsense to disqualify a ballot. Now, if it were random it wouldn't affect elections. But here are the facts; The US Civil Rights Commission found that the chance your ballot will spoil is 900% higher if you're black than if you're white.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 14, 2009
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.
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Inside/Outside the DNC in Philly with Sanders Delegate Chuck Pennacchio It must be clearly understood that the DNC managers, similar to most state party chairs, and most MSM reporters in the Wells Fargo Center, approached Bernie delegates as unwelcome guests, troublemakers, and recalcitrant children. Not surprisingly, therefore, I witnessed, and personally experienced, numerous acts of physical intimidation, protest-sign destruction, blocked re-entrance, and seat displacement.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 5, 2009
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Singer/Performer Linda Eder on Her Life and Career I was extremely shy about singing in front of anyone. I sang all the time but only when I was alone or sometimes with my younger brother. It was very hard for me to get up the nerve to audition for choir in 7th grade. I wanted to do it so desperately but it was like a small death to actually put myself out there. Singing in front of audiences became easier but I am still very shy about singing casually in front of friends.
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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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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 16, 2011
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.
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Understanding Bernie's "Yuge" Michigan Upset The coalition that successfully elected Pres. Obama to the White House twice is being tested in 2016.It was successful because so many white voters, led by the young,got behind his candidacy in unity with African Americans, Latinos.This time a successful strategy will require all to coalesce behindSanders if the Democrats hope to win in the fall. Hillary Clinton,with her compromised stand on free trade agreements won't cut it
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(35 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 15, 2016
Flashback to Bernie Sanders, College Professor The unique aspect about his class was that he kicked us off campus to visit nearby Utica to interact with city officials and residents to see the human side of urban policy. What strikes me when I hear him speak on the campaign trail -- these aren't ideas we are debating or policy abstracts we are discussing, they are people with lives that will either be better or worse depending on what we are doing.
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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
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 7, 2012
Robert Meeropol: RFC Aids Children of Progressive Activists While I'm elated that so many people have taken to the streets, its potential impact on the RFC is more than a little daunting. We've learned in our 20-plus years of granting that there is often a 6- month-one year lag between when people are targeted and when they apply for us to support their children. We received a record number of new requests in 2011, and that all of them [predated] the OWS movement means that 2012
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 27, 2010
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.
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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.
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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.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 10, 2010
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.
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AMA Med Students Back State Laws to Achieve Universal Health Care In 2004, the CBC ran a TV series called "The Greatest Canadian." The show conducted national polling in the spirit of "American Idol" to identify the greatest Canadian in history.The winner: Tommy Douglas, who started Canada's first province-based single-payer health care system in 1962 Saskatchewan.The system was later adopted nationally. [not Wayne Gretsky, Alexander Graham Bell, Celin e Dion, Mike Myers or Michael J Fox]
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 25, 2009
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.
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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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UncommonGoods - Funky Online Marketplace Does Good While Doing Well We're independently owned and operated, which means we can run the business for the long term and make decisions that are consistent with our values. Half of what we sell is handmade, half is made here in the US and about one-third is made from recycled materials. And we don't sell any products that contain leather or involve killing animals.
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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.
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Award-winning Children's Author Blue Balliett Tackles Homelessness in "Hold Fast" "Hold Fast" represents a number of firsts in my life. I think it's safe to say that it's my most realistic, most tragic and yet also most deeply joyful book. It's a story of extremes, of dreams, of seems... and of nots and knots! It reminds me all the time of how many people across the U. S. are indeed holding fast to dreams, and of the power of a story to take on a life of its own in the world.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 16, 2015
What the Heck Does the Recent Volkswagen Scandal Have to Do with Our Elections? Both modern cars and voting systems are significantly computerized.VW played a very high stakes financial game that led someone to installed cheating software (malware).The stakes are also very high in modern elections.I continue to be amazed that some losing candidates either are pressured not to rock the boat or actually accept negative results without questioning the computerized voting machines that "declare" those results
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Why Should We Care About Bookstores? Who Reads Anymore, Anyway? Bookstores are considered a dying species despite the role they have played in communities as centers for the exchange of information and ideas.I can't predict the future but for people who enjoy the bookstore experience-browsing for books,discussing them with other book-lovers,acquiring them for their libraries-I suggest they take advantage of their existence while they still can. Future alternatives might not be as much fun
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Is Thomas Perez Fit to Be Your Labor Secretary? This Whistleblower Thinks Not! Both Senate Democratic and Republican staff acknowledged to me in our meetings that never, in the history of the Senate, had they ever allowed a confirmation vote on a nominee with pending complaints or investigations.Even one. Mr. Perez, depending on how you count, has anywhere from six to ten current complaints. In addition, I have plainly announced an intent to file a class action suit against him and the DOJ.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 11, 2011
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.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Ferguson Lays Bare Police Brutality and Racism in America We saw all this unfold before our very eyes.The spark was the 9/11 attacks.It unleashed a cultural tidal wave of war fever in military circles,never-ending threats recited on TV,& other militarized responses that swamped the culture.We're still living with those reverberations:the military-industrial complex re-invented,siphoned billions for new arms & the growth of the data-centric national security state exposed by Snowden.
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Harvey Wasserman on Romney's Voting Machines Counting YOUR Vote and More It's always a challenge. But there is no alternative to making these advances if we are to have a decent life. So let's just accept that we can win and go ahead and do what it takes within a non-violent framework. One important thing is to have fun doing this work, and to embrace the timelessness of our agenda. As A.J. Muste once said about social activism, "the pay's no good, but the work is steady."
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 9, 2009
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.
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Democrats' New Medicare-for-All Plan Isn't The Dems' think tank, Center for American Progress (CAP), calls their plan "Medicare Extra for All," but it is actually an impediment to National Improved Medicare for All, which we support... It would keep the very complicated and costly private insurance-based system that we currently have and for-profit health facilities that cost more and have poorer health outcomes, protecting the profits of private health insurers.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 17, 2010
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.
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Family Secrets, Betrayal and Second Chances Shape Kristin Harmel's Historical Novels Part of my research involved eating my way through the Jewish bakeries of Paris as well as the Grand Mosque of Paris, which plays a vital role in the book, too. It's a wonder I didn't gain a hundred pounds while writing the book! I liked the idea that Hope had spent her whole life surrounded by secrets she didn't know existed, all of them baked into her grandmother's recipes - the inspiration behind the bakery setting.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 27, 2009
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 29, 2010
Judy White's Giving Thanks for Prison Visit: It's All Relative They claim to "encourage" the prisoners "to maintain family and community ties," and state that BOP policy recognizes the importance of "maintaining family and community ties." But they make this difficult or impossible by placing the prisoners far from those very families and communities.At the end of every visit,having just said goodbye,they subject him-not everyone-to being strip-searched,an added cost of seeing his family.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 10, 2012
Jenna Benn and Twist Out Cancer There are moments when I feel paralyzed by the idea that my cancer may return, there are moments when I go digging for lumps and bumps in my neck. And then I remember that I cannot control what is and what will be, all I can do is control how I will respond. I found a great coping strategy through twist, a strategy that is no longer about cancer, but is about how I choose to live my life.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Truth-telling Journalist Evicted, Wife Assaulted by Heavily Armed Deputies You almost certainly will be in court someday--over a divorce, estate, car wreck, property matter, insurance matter. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, court is almost certainly going to beckon you one day. When that day comes, you will want to make sure the judge and lawyers you face act in an ethical manner. Too many of them now are unethical, and if something isn't done about it, you will be victimized down the road.
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Tim protesting in the streets in support of striking members of the Communications Workers of America, outside a Verizon office in Pembroke Pines, Florida in the spring of 2016., From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 11, 2018
David vs. Goliath in South Florida, Round 2 TC: I'm not surprised at the virulent backlash vs. the Supervisor.When an elections official like Snipes gets away with destroying ballots -felonies! - then,of course,people will lose faith and confidence in election results.That's why we need criminal prosecutions of corrupt election officials, and we need real election reforms:100% hand-marked paper ballots, counted by hand in public, and backed up with risk-limiting audits.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Grasping The Opportunity Within This Crisis I have found that trying to make a difference feels better than watching TV or spending more time on social media. So, whether people dig in because they realize intellectually that their actions might well make a difference, or because it simply feels good, I hope and expect more people will choose action, more action and more intelligent action. Individually and together, our power is great. And it may well be enough.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 19, 2012
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 2, 2011
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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 11, 2009
Talking with "Aftermath" Playwrights Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen Some people might see it as risky to give voice to Iraqis in their own words, since there is cultural pressure on us as Americans to see them as "other, "dangerous, alien--but we don't see it that way. We connected with each individual Iraqi we met on a deep and human level and believe that when American audiences hear them speak for themselves, they will connect with those stories on a human level as well.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 16, 2015
Hospice Harpist Treats Patients With Music How odd it feels to go on about myself and what I do. Much of my job is geared toward establishing and keeping the patient as the focus. In the best circumstances, I blend into the background.This opportunity to chat with you came about in the wake of the loss of your mother, and I'm acutely aware of that, as I know you are. The real story is about her - and you - and your daughter and the rest of the lives she impacted.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 25, 2008
"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!
2017 Charlottesville%2C Virginia car attack photograph., From WikimediaPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 19, 2020
Virginia: Where Tradition and Terror Intersect VA Gov., Ralph Northam, declared a state of emergency in Richmond last week when it became apparent that a host of gun rights advocates were planning to descend on the capitol on Monday during the annual Martin Luther King Day Vigil and Day of Advocacy, an event that the VA Center for Public Safety, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence have hosted for the last 28 years.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Joshua Safran: Male Face of The Anti-Domestic Violence Movement? What had been my most reluctant secret was now my defining characteristic. In LA, a community activist told me I had become the male face of the domestic violence movement.In Chicago,the wife of a rabbi said I was the Jewish voice for domestic violence awareness. I have convinced myself that what I told Deborah is true: If you are brave enough to tell your story, people will get inspired and help stop the cycle of violence.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 2, 2012
Dr. Margaret Flowers on the Upcoming Supreme Court Decision and the Future of American Health Care The bottom line is that we have the resources in this country to provide high quality lifelong comprehensive health care to every person and the reason that we don't is because the corporations that profit off the current system are writing the laws in their favor. This is unacceptable to me.I believe it is my professional responsibility as a physician to speak out about this and to do all that I can to change this situation.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 4, 2012
US Business and Government Colluding to Fill American Jobs with Foreign Workers? The practical implications of the State Department's conduct is that every U.S employer can now hire as many foreign workers as they desire to replace all American workers. U.S. business is "gaming the system." If no one is talking about the issue of importing immigrants to take American jobs away from Americans, then there is no problem. Will you stand with me to save the American Dream?
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Dean Baker on CEO Plan to Steal Your Social Security and Medicare I think the best way to combat these efforts to cut Social Security and Medicare is to bring them out in the open. People should ask incumbents and candidates running for office -- the House, Senate, or the presidency -- if they support cuts in the Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment, if they support raising the Social Security retirement age or if they support raising the age of eligibility for Medicare.
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"Citizen Koch" Fights to Tell Its Story Because of David Koch's donations and his position on the board of one powerful PBS affiliate, the film was censored.The public agency that funds independent documentaries withdrew its financial support and its broadcast partnership for our film to avoid offending WNET's benefactor David Koch.Not only did the film lose $150,000 in funding, but millions of viewers lost their chance to see "Citizen Koch" on public television.
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Anti-Gerrymandering Reform's Stunning Success at Midterms There were nonpartisan redistricting reforms on the ballot in four states. These reforms varied but the goal was the same: Voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around.On election night, the voters sent a clear message to their state politicians: We want change. The proposals passed overwhelmingly, garnering between 61-71% of the vote -- landslide victories. There was no mistake what the people wanted.
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Exposing Suppressed News: WantToKnow.info WantToKnow.info presents this information as an opportunity for you to educate yourself and others, and to inspire us to join in working together for the good of all. We shine light into the unconscious shadows of ourselves and our world with the intention of inviting us both individually and collectively to make more conscious choices which allow us to step ever more fully into our magnificence and to build a brighter future
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Speak Out for Net Neutrality If You Ever Hope to Speak Out Again We have some sympathetic FCC commissioners to talk to. They have already twice tried to make this happen by simple rule-making. This is not a case where we are railing against a smug and intractable House majority. On February 19th, the FCC opened up a docket for public comments. They WANT to hear what YOU have to say about all this. We have a window of 30 days to do this and we need to jump all over it.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 3, 2010
CNN Hero Gary Oppenheimer Attacks Hunger in America with AmpleHarvest.org Here's the elevator speech: The US has 49 million food-insecure people. This is a fancy way of saying people who are either hungry or at real risk of being hungry. America also has 40+million home gardeners who often grow more food than they can use, preserve, or give to friends. AmpleHarvest.org is designed to help those gardeners donate their excess produce to a neighborhood food pantry eager to receive it.
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"Are the Clintons Being Played?" YouTube Fairy Tale Combo of Fact and Surmise My goal was to cheer up Bernie's voters, especially after the California results showing again voter suppression, rigging and complicit mainstream media blatantly omitting important facts...Not only all MSM were not reporting accurately but they were frequently mocking him for his age, his hair, his shoes, his suits, for his "utopian" ideas, for being a democrat socialist, for waving his finger when he spoke.
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How Syd Mandelbaum and Rock and Wrap It Up! Fight Hunger Sharon Osbourne called us the first green charity. We kept assets out of landfill since our inception,when green was just another color in the Crayola box. Let's talk partners: 150+ bands, 40 sport franchises, over 100 colleges and schools, dozens of hotels, television and movies sets have helped us keep 83,000 tons out of landfills and feed over 500,000,000 people since our first pickup in June 1991.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 3, 2011
Mark Andersen, Reporting from Madison I am a Madison native, an Army vet. Son of a Teamster. I work for a phone company in the IS (Information Systems department) and I am pursuing a Masters degree in writing. I am not a radical...had you told me that I would be joining a protest march, I would have told you that you were nuts!
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 7, 2011
Ann Medlock and the Giraffe Heroes Project - Sticking Their Necks Out for the Public Good We tell the stories of mostly unknown people who stick their necks out for the common good and we give people tools to use in following those heroes' leads. It's a way to enCourage the heroes among us and to get more people involved in the world around them. Without citizen engagement, societies die. Our original focus was on this society, but it's gone global now, as it should.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 2, 2009
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.
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Andrew Kreig on Bernie Kerik and Don Siegelman: What They Have in Common and Why We Should Care There are strong resemblances that underscore that loss of civil rights in white-collar prosecutions is real & should concern those from both right and left.The oversight bodies operate largely for show & their own career goals,I'm ashamed to say.I don't recall it as being this way during my first stint as a full-time reporter three decades ago.Bottom line:if it could happen to this Repub and this Dem,we've all got a problem.
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Amica Insurance: Where Customer Service Is No Laughing Matter Amica received our 12th JD Power award for customer satisfaction in homeowners insurance. We received highest honors for the NE region in the JD Power 2014 US Auto Insurance Study.This is the 15th year in a row that JD Power has recognized us for customer satisfaction with auto insurers. We were also so proud to finish first in the 2013 Best Places to Work in RI competition, an event at which our corporate office was honored.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 15, 2016
What Does the FOX Say? How My Dad Was Brainwashed "The Brainwashing of My Dad" is a story about both the transformation of my father after his discovery of right-wing media, and the history and tricks of the trade behind that media. I look at how the media changed over the last 30-40 years through the lens of my father. It's no accident that it became as right leaning as it did. It's also no accident that simultaneously the country became so divided.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 6, 2014
BOP: Not Only Cruel and Unusual - Insensitive, Vindictive AND Just Plain Ridiculous For two years, Dave has sought medical treatment because of blood in his urine.Eventually, Dave was taken to the hospital, where it was quickly determined that he has multiple tumors and needs emergency medical intervention and surgery. The emergency treating physician told Dave that if he had not gotten to the hospital, he would be in the newspaper, the obituary section.He remains in prison,without surgery or a treatment plan
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Investigative Journalist Tom Nugent Spotlights Medical Whistleblower Jim Murtagh The Wall St Journal suggest[ed] that Georgia judges have "gone wild" in recent years, with conflict of interest having become the order of the day. One of the lower-court judges who often ruled against Dr. Murtagh in a lawsuit involving Emory U. finally recused herself -- but only after it was eventually reported that she has married to a high-ranking Emory official. That's the kind of judicial abuse Dr. Murtagh has faced
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 28, 2010
Part Two: Election Defense Alliance's Jonathan Simon with the Timely Lowdown on Our Elections Computers can help us in many ways & will continue to play a major role in our lives--periodic glitches, hacks,and meltdowns notwithstanding. But to blindly and needlessly entrust our nation's elections--particularly its federal elections,which so directly determine our national direction--to private,corporate and partisan enterprises operating and calculating in secret beyond our capacity to observe and validate is insanity.
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Whistleblower Kiriakou: POTUS Race--The Criminal vs. The Lunatic For the first time in my life, I fear for the country. The two major parties are represented by a lunatic and a criminal. What I fear most is that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will continue the Obama Administration's war against transparency and whistleblowers. Government secrets will remain secret, even when they violate the law. That won't change, at least in the next four years.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 15, 2015
UDC Law Students Organizing Against Police Brutality Our first day of law school was less than 48 hours after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.As a former police officer, I felt my experience could help address the issue of police brutality and racially disparate abuse of discretion in the criminal justice system.I created a logo and FB page talking about the issues. I drafted a concept paper and reached out to my classmates and several of them answered the call.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Republican and Democrat Agree on This Election Issue? And How! We could end a lot of the acrimony and distrust associated with elections and with our governance if elections were more transparent.Of course every election will have its losers, no matter how the count is conducted. But when losers can see with their own eyes that they truly lost, that the electorate really did vote against them, then they trust the process. Then, they're reassured that democracy is alive and well for them.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 4, 2010
Cynthia Bowers, Full-Time Volunteer, Gives a Piece of Herself In Dec. '08 I had the honor of donating my left kidney to a boy whom I have never met but think of often especially this time of year.It changed my life.It completely uprooted every plan and goal I ever had for myself and pushed me unquestionably into a path of community advocacy.I quit my job and started to volunteer full time.I created two websites that help streamline the process of matching volunteers to community needs.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 23, 2013
Apartheid at NYU? Prof. Michael Rectenwald Is Afraid So - Part 2 I am not complaining as a disgruntled employee. I am complaining as if a bystander watching in amazement as all of this goes down. I see a lot of colleagues struggling daily to make ends meet. I even know of a colleague who had to live in his office because he couldn't find an affordable apartment. And then these reports come out about lavish lifestyles and vacation homes and everything starts to click.
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(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 21, 2016
Hope or Hustle in the Primaries - An Interview with Michael Collins To paraphrase the Bible, we shall know her by her works. Hillary Clinton is a dangerous leader. If elected president, she has the potential to ruin much more than two countries.... Sanders is not a bought-and-sold politician. He has a philosophy and worldview that favors the vast majority of people. Therefore, the people who fund the Democrats and Republicans get nervous when they see someone doing well who isn't for sale.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Scalia Lovefest? Not So Fast The 2016 battle over a SC nominee is going to be as political as an actual issue of confirmation. Both the Repubs and the Dems are going to use the nomination politically as proof of how important it is their voters turn out, because the next president will pick the crucial swing vote. I don't see any circumstances in which the Senate Repubs would allow an Obama nominee to be seated, unless it was someone like Rick Santorum.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 16, 2017
Fashionable Corruption: Sweats Made with Slave Labor? Why I picked the fashion industry: All of us are literally touched by its products 99% of our lives. That's also why I decided to write a corporate story, not just a victim story. That corporation is exposed in a profoundly public way, and by that exposure the company and its customers are presented with a question that all of us are left to wrestle with: Now that you know the truth, what are you going to do about it?
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 23, 2016
Trump Might Actually Be Right About NATO?? America's hundreds of overseas bases in Europe and elsewhere constitute a real drain on the living standards of middle and low income people in the US, and do little to enhance security. Indeed, one could argue that most security threats the US faces today results from previous failed interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. Perhaps Trump's criticisms of NATO will help trigger a more generalized debate on foreign policy
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 28, 2015
Zeese and Flowers: TPP Fight is NOT Over! Our job is to harness the anger and mobilize in an effective way. Stopping TPP is a critical battle for the future of the nation and the planet. It is one the people can win but if we are organized and mobilized. We are building on a large foundation of mobilized people. Get involved with the movement of movements that is working to return power to the people & defeat transnational corporate power.[See # of steps you can take]
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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 8, 2012
Robert Reich on "Bungee-Jumping Over the Fiscal Cliff" Average people should be sufficiently angry about what's happened to our democracy that they make a ruckus.It would be a tragedy if that anger turned to cynicism I doubt the GOP will change its stripes on the economy.Its wealthy backers on Wall St and in board rooms are still willing to spend vast sums, and too many working-class Americans are still vulnerable to the false claim that their problems are due to "big government".
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 3, 2011
A Motor Oil Company That's Both Green and Responsible? Check out Universal Lubricants For the past four decades,we have been an American leader in used oil collection, new oil refining and distribution.Unlike other companies that simply bottle re-refined oil,We collect,refine,blend and re-distribute our own green motor oil insuring that every quart,every gallon consistently is of the highest quality for optimal performance.We never lose guardianship within the chain,making us the only closed loop provider
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Can We Make More of Less? ...the good news [about withdrawing from the Paris Accord] is that it [local level environmental activism] can take many different forms. For instance, I profile a whole bunch of different urban agriculture initiatives happening in Detroit, which are simultaneously feeding people, creating a sense of community and strengthening people's resolve that they can effect change in their world.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 1, 2010
Roger Shuler on Recent Supreme Court Decision Paul Minor got convicted for alleged behavior that the Supreme Court now encourages.That surely sounds nutty to many reasonable people. But that reflects the current state of our politicized justice system. I would argue that Paul Minor was prosecuted for political reasons, and the Supreme Court made its Citizens United ruling for political reasons--and the result is a justice system that no one can trust.
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Progressive Journalist Steven Rosenfeld on Infiltrating GOP Voter Vigilante Project What their movement's public intellectuals are doing is misguiding and miseducating their ranks to interpret everything that can and does go wrong as a Democratic-led political conspiracy.We can hope that after the election that they will realize that what's wrong with America's voting system has a lot more to do with human error, poor training, lousy equipment, volunteer poll workers, underfunding, lack of modernization...
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Matthew Drayton: On "Succeeding While Black", Freddie Gray and More I wish the people who were demonstrating by rioting would have waited for the city to complete its investigation. My fear is the charges filed by the State Attorney's office will further divide the city of Baltimore and the nation. We have to find a way to mend the bad feelings and the lack of trust blacks have towards the police. The sooner everyone realizes we are all in this together, the better off this country will be.
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(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 17, 2013
Revenge of the BoP: OpEdNews Censored in Two Federal Prisons Prison employees seem to obsess about OpEdNews and what is coming next. OpEdNews is the censored "star" in federal prison in Memphis and Millington, because not only were the prison employees reading print-outs, the prisoners did, too, and, understanding that exposure could bring investigations and accountability to the prison, they found HOPE, something the BOP must destroy at any cost.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 27, 2011
GreenChoice Bank - Great Alternative to Megabanks We make loans to the local and sustainable business community, to the small businesses and entrepreneurs who are creating jobs and to sustainable business and building projects. We also invest back through local community and nonprofit sponsorships and by volunteering our time. This summer, we will be moving into the Green Exchange-a building designed to be Chicago's epicenter of sustainable commerce -and we are thrilled!
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(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 25, 2018
What Recent NY Primary Upset Means for Voters Everywhere If we had ballot images posted in every election, elections would be much, much harder to steal. Until then, establishment incumbents will be declared winners and nothing will ever change. Think of how different this country would look today if Ron Paul had won the Republican nomination in 2012, or if Bernie Sanders had been declared the winner of the Democratic nomination in 2016. Full transparency. That's all we're saying.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 23, 2009
Chipping Away at the Siegelman Case with Paul Benton Weeks One of those incensed about the Siegelman case is Paul Benton Weeks, a Missouri attorney who places a high value on judicial integrity.I attended a tele-conference Monday that Weeks hosted,along with journalist Andrew Kreig.Kreig just finished a thorough article on the Siegelman case,the result of five months' research.Weeks is convinced that Siegelman's sentence should be overturned.We continued our conversation after
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 23, 2010
More Ellsberg: The Pentagon Papers and John Dean, Then and Now The Patriot Act and related legislation do have the effect of legalizing most of the actual crimes against me by Nixon. Sneak-and-peek entries and burglaries of a doctor's office, in search of information to use against a "terrorist suspect"? (i.e., someone like me who opposes and resists a president's terrorism). Legal, now. Warrantless wiretaps? Legal. Use of CIA against an American citizen? Legal.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 22, 2010
Ariel Sabar, Author of "My Father's Paradise, A Son's Search for His Family's Past" I wanted to be this cool California kid -a skateboarder and rock drummer - and saw my father as a stone-age relic. He'd been born in a mud shack in a remote enclave of Jews in the mountains of Kurdish Iraq and spoke, as his mother tongue, Aramaic, a language most people thought was long dead. But after having my own son, I began to see that I'd been unfair.I stopped seeing him as a spoiler and began to see him as a bridge
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BOP's Cruel Shell Game - Where Is Gary White? Only when prisoners become very sick or experience a medical crisis or emergency are they taken from prison to see a "real" doctor and even then, it is a doctor chosen, contracted and controlled by the BOP. And paid by our tax dollars, money that is wasted by taking a patient-prisoner to a doctor while refusing to allow the doctor to perform the very tests necessary to diagnose a patient's medical condition.
Series: Don Siegelman (14 Articles, 44523 views), Judy White (19 Articles, 46558 views), Prison (38 Articles, 82986 views) (View All Series)
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 16, 2014
Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombing Looms, Many Questions Remain Our original piece, which appeared within four days of the bombing, attracted tremendous attention and huge social media reaction, was based on our concerns that so many "national security" events don't make sense, and that we need to be vigilant about being manipulated in support of unexplained agendas, often having to do with the power and profitability of the perennial "homeland security" and "national security machines."
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Strip & Flip Disaster of America's Stolen Elections: Updated 'Trump' edition, From ImagesAttr
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Jim Crow is Alive and Well and Living in America Fitrakis and Wasserman point out that the "war on drugs" followed quickly in the footsteps of the civil rights laws that smashed Jim Crow. Now we have an American gulag that rivals Stalin's. The prison system is yet another way to create second-class, exploitable citizens, who lack the right to vote and give their input to the creation of the social order.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 6, 2011
Edgefield Prison's Commitment to "Maintaining Family and Community Ties"? He was threatened and has been targeted by employees of the prison, who then exacted retaliation against him (and me) for making known the illegal conditions of his confinement. The prison handbook states the prisoners have the right to make known the conditions of their confinement, but what isn't said is that those who exercise their rights pay a very high price, as their family and friends - those who love them.
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The PEN: Save the Bees Before We All Starve When bees suddenly starting dying in such alarming numbers at first it was a mystery.But as this has been studied, a strong correlation has been demonstrated with the use of a new generation of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which started in 2003.Recognizing this,the EU put in place a two year moratorium on the use of these new poisons because of this growing evidence. What makes these new chemical poisons so insidious is
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(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 16, 2012
Happy Father's Day! and the Justice Department's War On Families It isn't just me, unfortunately. And I've seen too many examples of visitors wearing near identical type garments, with one allowed to visit and another turned away, along with the prison employees ignoring clear violations by some visitors while inventing violations by others just to harass and upset them by refusing to allow them to visit after driving long distances.
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26,000+ Petition Bernie Sanders to Tackle US Militarism His campaign has sparked so much wonderful enthusiasm and activism, especially among young people, for his critique of corporate power, wealth and income inequality, the high cost of college education, the lack of a serious climate change policy, the lack of a serious infrastructure/jobs policy, etc.But it's hard to see how these programs are affordable when most of our country's discretionary spending goes to the military
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 9, 2009
Part Two: More Collateral Damage from the Siegelman Case: Talking with DOJ Whistleblower, Tamarah Grimes They claim to have terminated me for cause.Do they intend to use my "outstanding" performance reviews? My performance-based awards?The letters of appreciation from DOJ staff for my services as an instructor at the DOJ training facility in SC?Letters of appreciation from DOJ staff for my services as a collateral duty EEO investigator?My whistleblower complaints?I am an exemplary employee with no discipline record.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 4, 2011
Bob Fitrakis on Ohio Republicans' New Jim Crow Voter ID law that Disenfranchises 900,000 Voters I'd like to see more direct confrontations between the legislators who are passing these bills and voting rights advocates. The tactics used in the civil rights movement in the early 60s - nonviolent sit-ins, demonstrations, protests -need to be re-embraced. As in WI,I think people need to occupy the Statehouse in Columbus and not leave until the issue is publicly debated, not just by the legislature, but by the people too.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 7, 2010
New Study Asks "Was Prop 8 Straight?" The implication is that our elections are at great risk. If we cannot know our votes are being counted as cast, if our votes are counted by private companies with clear, self-avowed political intentions, if we know the equipment counting our votes is easily corruptible, if we are aware that the candidates truly elected may not be the declared winners, how can we think we have much of a democracy left?
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 16, 2014
Meet Michelle Friedman: Always on the Lookout for New Challenges I went from being too afraid to even leave my house that first year or so to challenging myself to do things I really wanted to do, even though I was blind. There are a few things I would like to still do; one is to ride on a motorcycle. There are some places I would still like to travel to. I have heard that they are working on a car that you don't have to see to drive. The minute that's a reality, I'm signing up!
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 28, 2016
Presidential Debates: A Fraud on the American Voter? The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was jointly created by Ds and Rs in 1987 in order to kick out the nonpartisan League of Women Voters, which had been sponsoring the debates since 1976.The two parties didn't want the League running them and determining whether third party candidates could participate. The resulting debates were not uniformly well-received. Cronkite called them "phony... an unconscionable fraud."
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 9, 2015
"Getting Things Off My Chest" About Breast Cancer I decided to write Getting Things Off My Chest,first the blog and then the book, to open up about having cancer and facing down a trifecta of setbacks (disease, death, debt).My mission was to help women navigate their cancer journey with more information, more clarity and more confidence.Today, the blog is less about coping with cancer and more about coping with the challenges of everyday life and maintaining a healthy balance
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David Swanson, From MyPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail Hillary [i]s a horribly dishonest, corrupt, opportunistic, manipulative scam artist devoid of any moral scruples, or in a word a Neocon. Not only does she hold those trying to protect the earth in contempt, but she is happy to play with nuclear apocalypse through her antagonization of Russia (and Iran and Syria)... I do think [both candidates] are both below the level of anyone whom one could conscionably vote for.
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(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 23, 2013
Warning: Incarceration in US Prison May Prove Hazardous to Your Health They suspect Gary has cancer.This entry was made in Gary's prison medical records in August.But he has never been told anything about this "suspicion," and they have done absolutely no observation.When I saw the information in December, I told Gary about it and urged him to ask the BOPers about it.He went to medical and they refused to respond, telling him, "This is not a walk-in clinic and you don't have an appointment."
Gary and Dixie reunited, From Uploaded
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 4, 2019
Gary White is ALMOST Free - But the Saga Continues Prisoners have 1st Amendment rights, specifically, "prisoners have the right to make known the conditions of their confinement." BUT when prisoners exercised that right, they have been subjected to "First Amendment Retaliation." Not only have courts found such retaliation unlawful, they have found that ...[p]risoners, especially Gary, have experienced outrageous abuse upon telling the truth about what goes on in prisons.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 17, 2009
Vets Speak Out! Interview with Christopher Gallagher Christopher Gallagher grew up on Long Island(NY)and now lives in Las Vegas where he is president of the local chapter of IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War).He was part of a contingent of eleven vets that descended upon Capitol Hill this week to share their take on what is going on in Afghanistan.He told me, "Unfortunately,I did not get the responses that I had hoped for. For many offices,it was business as usual."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Linda Gartz: Digging up family history through letters and photographs When my mom died in 1994, my brothers and I sorted trash from treasure in her sprawling Victorian home. When we got to the attic, I felt like Howard Carter peering into King Tut's tomb, discovering "wonderful things." There in my mother's neat handwriting was a box labelled, "Lil and Fred's journals." Therein lay diaries from my parents' youth spanning more than six decades. My project began in earnest in 2002.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 22, 2016
Did You Catch Cleveland People's Justice & Peace Convention? The mission statement: "Current public policies disproportionately benefit corporations and the wealthiest individuals and promote and expand US militarism, while the concerns of the vast majority of people are ignored, distorted and/or manipulated for political and/or economic gain. The People's Convention will include a diversity of voices to lift up issues and problems that the RNC and DNC will not authentically address."
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 31, 2009
Part Three: Talking with Dr. Temple Grandin, Author of "Thinking in Pictures" I had a terrible time.I was just teased absolutely horribly. If I hadn't had my science teacher in high school,I would have been in a real mess.He got me to start studying.I didn't see any point in going to school.Once I became convinced that I wanted to achieve this goal of becoming a scientist,I stopped messing around and started studying.Because now I had a goal of becoming a scientist.
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celebrating Gary's 50th birthday, a long time ago, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 14, 2013
Forrest City FCI: Where Visitors, Civil Rights and Human Dignity Are Unwelcome It was after 1:30 when we were taken to the visiting room to wait for Gary,who was, again, never paged. In fact, when he finally came in almost 20 minutes later, the BOPer at the desk almost sent him back, telling Gary he had not paged him!I mean, WHY NOT? We had been there since 10:30 - visitation ends at 3:00! Gary told the BOPer the unit BOPer had called and verified he had visitors and had sent him to the visiting room.
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Mishy Harman records 'Israel Story' episode, Galey Tzahal studios, Jaffa, Israel, 2015, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 2, 2017
Israeli Version of "This American Life" Is Ready for Prime Time Steven Spielberg made a risky bet on a group of young people in Israel who were starting out on a project recording stories, "This American Life"-style: intimate and refreshing, poignant and fascinating. It went viral. Here's their exciting story."Together, we decided to go for it. The only problem was that none of us knew the first thing about radio or journalism. It took us nearly a year to create the first Hebrew episode."
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 17, 2010
The Musical Bliss of Barnaby Bright While in Boston last month for my daughter's graduation,I visited Club Passim,The Place for folk music over the last 50 years.A music festival was in full swing.My guests today performed that night:Barnaby Bright's Becky & Nathan Bliss,"a folk-y guitar and banjo-based duo,featuring tight harmonies, thoughtful lyrics and a variety of different instruments, rooted in folk but pushing the boundaries."
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 25, 2016
Welcome to the World of Feldenkrais It's a true blessing to be able to share my passion and interest in Feldenkrais with others, but it's really just the icing on the cake. What I have gained from my teacher training goes far beyond the rewards of teaching and sharing my newfound knowledge. It has completely revolutionized my life, improving my relationships and making me a genuinely happier person.I refer to the training as "self actualization on fast forward."
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 20, 2017
Down Syndrome Siblings Tackle Himalayas Storytelling is a great healing tool. I could sense the protagonists had unfinished business to solve and this journey could help them and that documenting and creating a story out of it would actually make it more powerful than just a journey without cameras. Usually, the issue of brotherhood or sisterhood in families with special needs is untouched. Our dream is that this film will be only the beginning of something bigger.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Inside the Polygon of Club Fed - Where Severe Weather and Sadistic Federal Prison Employees Are a Nasty Brew I am sharing this so the weather conditions will be clear, as well as how horribly wrong and abusive it is for prison employees to treat visitors and prisoners the way we were treated during the awful weather.We are HUMAN BEINGS.Anyone with a single brain cell or a heart would realize that.Look what prisoners and their families are put through, making it as difficult as possible to maintain relationships with people we love.
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Mayim Bialik narrates 'Women Unchained' , From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 26, 2013
"Women Unchained": A Filmmaker's Campaign to Promote Justice in Jewish Divorce A friend of mine has a daughter whose marriage couldn't get a "get' from her husband.Nothing worked. In the end, Ariel's "get' cost my friend close to a half-million dollars in assorted pay-offs to her son-in-law.Following this ordeal, my friend and her husband were adamant to expose this not-uncommon abuse of the power imbalance in Jewish law.They asked me to take on the topic in a documentary.And so the fundraising began
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 25, 2015
US-Cuba Tug of War Over Elite Athletes, Part One Cuba very quickly registered with me as one of the world's most fascinating underdogs in their struggle against the US and the nature of their values in opposition to American values was so startling.Cuban boxers at the Olympics thoroughly dominated Americans and then demonstrated what they fought for: in rejecting millions to abandon their country, which the American media depicted as a hell-hole ALL Cubans sought to leave.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The Zen of Swimming This is a radical departure from my usual political rants, I admit. My aim is to probe that gap between the experience of boy-jocks who grew up to be man-jocks and girls like me, who grew up in the ‘50s and the ‘60s.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Global Goods Partners: Handmade, Fair Trade Gifts That Support Women GGP is a nonprofit, international development and fair trade organization all in one.We work with over 40 artisan communities in 22 countries throughout Africa,Asia and the Americas.Our mission is to alleviate poverty and provide sustainable livelihoods in some of the poorest communities.By working with women-led producer groups, we help create economic opportunity by importing unique, handmade and quality fashion accessories.
Cover art for Robert's new book, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 7, 2020
Robert Reich Reflects on Our Rigged Political System We must face the fact that the current system is not working. Those who have great power and resources would be foolish to think that personal philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and the myths of meritocracy and free-market capitalism will suffice to maintain the current allocation of power. Unless they get out of the way of necessary change, history will hold them responsible for what happens next.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Whistleblower Urges Congress to Act Now! Dan Ellsberg once said that lives are always at risk. Secrecy itself puts lives at risk.How many lives were lost as a result of the WMD disinformation? How many lives were put in jeopardy by the highly preventable oil spill? How many lives are lost when fraudulent HMOs refuse to pay for standard medical care? We need open government and transparency. If the people are to govern, they must know the facts important to governing.
B the change, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 16, 2014
1100 Certified B Corporations in 121 Industries, 37 Countries! B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. This year we welcomed companies from exciting new sectors, like Green Mountain Power, the first certified public utility, Natura, the largest and first public B Corp in Latin America and Kickstarter, a fast growing crowdfunding platform.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 12, 2009
Catching Up with Gov. Don Siegelman Peter has found more evidence (smoking gun emails)which proves the Bush/Rove prosecutor who said she had recused,actually remained involved in the case.This is very important because,as you will remember,my prosecutor's husband was not only my Republican opponent's campaign manager but was also identified by a Repub. whistle blower as having talked with Rove about getting the DOJ to prosecute me ("to take care of Siegelman").
Jane Standing Still stands guard against chainsaw, From Uploaded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 24, 2020
The Draft, Dioxin and Death Threats: Further Adventures of a '70s Activist Even while eligible for the draft I was protesting the Vietnam War with soldiers who had actually been there. After helping to raise two children, I joined the occupation at the Seabrook nuclear power plant site, and I fought against a high voltage power line in northern New York -- staging the first transmission tower occupation, achieving a statewide ban on dioxin, and surviving three attempts on my life.
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Die-In at Mount Sinai, NYC, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 10, 2014
White Coat "Die-Ins" by Medical Students Highlight Police Brutality I think it's important that we speak out as future care providers and acknowledge the power medical professionals are given over bodies, and how that power exerts itself over bodies that are seemingly valued less in our society. Once it was clear that this could gain more momentum, people really worked hard to coordinate and ensure that the effort was strong and solid in its message and the way it was carried through.
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 28, 2010
John Robbins on "The New Good Life - Living Better Than Ever In an Age of Less" One of the reasons I wrote my latest book is to provide people with simple, easy and inexpensive suggestions on how to raise their quality of life while lowering their cost of living, and at the same time lowering their ecological footprint. Learning to live with respect for ourselves and the whole earth community is no easy task in a culture that has become as out of balance as ours has.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 22, 2011
Is This Megadairy A Threat to Health and Livelihood of NW Illinois Residents? For the last two and a half years, dozens of volunteers and hundreds of supporters have battled this facility in the courts and in the papers, took photographs and water samples of discharges, filed reports with the IEPA,the US EPA, the AG, had informational meetings all over Northern IL, and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to stop a facility that never should have received a permit had state law been properly followed
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 21, 2013
Behind the Scenes with Hollywood Screenwriter, Robert Avrech I learned more about making movies from the late director Sidney Lumet than from any single person.Sidney insisted that a script must have, at its core, an essential truth that the audience recognizes. He also said that 90% of a director's job is in casting the right actors. If you put the wrong actor into a role, no matter how well written and directed, the film will fail. Watching Sidney work with actors was a revelation.
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MUHAMMAD YUNUS, From ImagesAttr
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"The Vision of Muhammad Yunus" by filmmaker Holly Mosher On April 17, Muhammad Yunus will be honored by Congress, becoming one of only seven people to ever achieve the trifecta: the Nobel Prize, the Presidential Medal of Honor and the Congressional Gold Medal. My guest today is Holly Mosher, award-winning filmmaker, director and producer of Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus.
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Ellen behind bars in 'Who's the Pusher Now?' music video, From ImagesAttr
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Maverick Singer Songwriter Ellen Bukstel Takes On Private Prisons and Big Pharma People are finally pointing the finger at politicians for their collective hypocrisy, who support the continued development of lethal pharmaceutical drugs that are killing people, while putting people in jail for a substance that does no harm. Hopefully, with this issue in people's minds, the laws will change and we can make prisons for profit a thing of the past and educate people to the benefits of medicinal cannabis.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Speak your mind regarding paper ballots hand counted Now's your chance to speak your mind about the way our elections are presently run and the option of paper ballots, hand counted. Deadline is midnight 12/31.
Robert McChesney, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 7, 2016
Do Hillary's Top Dollar Wall St. Speeches Disqualify Her For Top Job? It is the appearance of impropriety that is key. She has an ethical obligation not to make it look like she is compromised. [She] is a throwback to what we were taught was how politics worked in the Gilded Age or in some corrupt plutocracy. She has gotten very rich parlaying her political position to her personal advantage, indefensible in a democracy. If you want to become a multimillionaire, do not go into public service.
Series: Exploitation (31 Articles, 69473 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 165206 views), Corruption (32 Articles, 89731 views) (View All Series)
Anonymous, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 22, 2017
Cyber-Security Expert Weighs in on Recount, Anonymous Threats and More Keep in mind that the governor of Wisconsin in 2011 was of a different party. That means, again separate from politics, that... WI is, essentially, a completely different "company" than it was back in 2011. Was charging that much a nasty thing to do? Yeah, probably. I think it's the job of government to do everything in its power to assure the correctness of elections. That's a far better use of our tax dollars...
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 29, 2012
Gary White and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week We never would have believed the things we have experienced could happen in America. Our eyes have been opened, through our own suffering, to the plight of the imprisoned, many of whom share Gary's innocence but none of whom deserve what our country does to them. For all of us, there is a huge price being paid, as prisoners and families and as taxpayers. We - Americans - should be better than this.
Series: Prison (38 Articles, 82986 views)
our nation's capital, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 27, 2017
David Swanson: Imagine Impeachment! People told us asking for clemency for Chelsea Manning was pointless. Nothing looks possible until after it's done. Even in today's world of Absolute Partisanship there hasn't been a Republican that the Republicans would be more willing to impeach than Trump. But if they think what follows will be corporate power and a docile public, they'll be as wrong as were all the Democrats and the tv networks who thought promoting Trump
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 4, 2016
How Hillary's Latest Email Scandal Fuels Trump's Candidacy How can the public be assured that her decisions are free from conflicts of interest? The public can't because transparency has been rendered impossible. Officials far down the food chain from Clinton are expected to avoid not just the conflict, but even the appearance of a conflict. But these days influence elites of all political stripes are routinely personalizing the bureaucracy, pushing the boundaries to their own ends.
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Judy modeling her own creation while hopefully at a red light, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 14, 2020
Unmasking BOP Abuses and More from Gary and Judy White That huge amount of tax dollars includes healthcare while in halfway houses and on home confinement as they are legally defined as "in custody of the BOP." What the BOP does, however, is NOT spend that money for the purpose it should be used for, leaving the expense of actually getting healthcare later to the prisoner, family, and the insured, uninsured or paid healthcare system when and if the prisoner survives prison.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 1, 2011
Mary Allen and Northern Cook County's Award-Winning Recycling Program I would like to ask your readers to take inventory of their consumption practices, and make a pledge to do something more each day to reduce waste and conserve resources, as well as educate themselves about safer household, person care and lawn care products. Let's choose be on the team that stands for long-term solutions for a healthier and sustainable future.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 27, 2013
Sen. Warren Shifts Debate on Social Security and Medicare She has enough stature that her endorsement of higher benefits was enough to get this idea on the Washington political agenda. I think this is a great time for folks to take a breath and celebrate that we have held off this massive attack on programs that mean so much for so many millions of people. We cannot become complacent, but we should recognize the progress we have made in this area. It is a big deal.
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Grace Anne Stevens, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 6, 2015
"No! Maybe? Yes!" - Not Just a Transgender Memoir Getting married and raising three children kept me busy and occupied with responsibilities for over 25 years. It did a great but far from perfect job in holding me back from really having to face my truth of who I am. Even after I left my marriage in 2001, it still took me another eight years to come to terms with the fact that I am a transsexual. Once I could say that, the work of deciding what to do about it began.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 18, 2009
Talking with Former Health Insurance Executive Wendell Potter I saw thousands of people lined up, waiting to get care that was being provided to them on a charity basis by doctors and nurses and other caregivers who were volunteering their time over three days. And these people were lined up, many of them to get care that was being provided in animal stalls and in barns.It just hit home to me - that this was the plight that many Americans are now finding themselves in.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 9, 2010
Veteran Journalists Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould Give OpEdNews the Lowdown on Afghanistan Because we framed our understanding of the Afghan dilemma without an overbearing American-centric perspective, we not only got a view of an unseen Afghan life, but a revelatory look at how the US defined itself against the rest of the world under the veil of superpower confrontation. The fate of Afghanistan always had a lot more to do with what was going on in Washington than Kabul.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 6, 2010
Donna Quathamer Helps Mexican Moms with Careful Listening and Plenty of Elbow Grease She wanted to continue her education AND be an example to her six children and became the "poster mom" for going back to school. Maria's story doesn't end when she received her high school diploma two years ago. She returned to us and said that now she wanted to go to nursing school!! Again, we found a sponsor and in about six months she will graduate and be working at our local general hospital. A life changed!
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 29, 2020
California Spent $300 Million for WHAT?! We export democracy around the world. We send election monitors overseas to ensure free and fair elections. And we can't do it here? Instead of using hand-counted paper ballots, the only fully verifiable voting system, we are increasingly relying on electronic voting and tabulation, with no way to verify the results. We can only hope that nobody rigs our elections. In many jurisdictions we won't be able to prove it if they do.
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Maya Schenwar, From MyPhotos
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 26, 2016
War on Drugs Heading in Wrong Direction? We have to understand incarceration by looking at how people are being labeled as disposable and as "dangerous," and how those things are racialized. Whether it's marijuana possession or something else, there will always be a convenient "crime" with which to charge Black and Brown people unless white supremacy itself is confronted. We also have to think about.. the structures that make it possible to lock millions in cages.
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New Northtown Branch, Chicago Public Library, completed in 2018, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 21, 2019
What Successful Community Organizing Looks Like I don't want to imply that either the first success with the new park, or the new library were easily achieved. Both required perseverance and ongoing recalibration. The difference between success and failure is frequently determined by who has staying power. The "powers that be" can count on initiatives running out of gas. Our strategy: never give up; never give in. And, let others take credit for a positive outcome.
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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, From ImagesAttr
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 9, 2016
Pentagon Lifts Ban on Trans in Military - Good Idea or Not? To me, it is not a victory for trans people, or for anyone else, to become part of one of the central institutions of global oppression. The US military is currently bombing Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen and who knows how many other countries around the world. That some out trans person might soon be able to press buttons in Nevada to destroy a village in Somalia or Pakistan is not progress.
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Robert Greenwald, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Robert Greenwald on his New Film: "Koch Brothers Exposed" When we began our investigation, the brothers were not widely known. We felt that there was a very important story here about billionaires using money and influence to attempt to buy democracy. The Kochs also lend themselves to what we do, video narratives. What they do, how they do it, and who they do it to were elements of our research and now are the cornerstone of the "Koch Brothers Exposed" film.
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Jack Pettibone Riccobono, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 26, 2016
From the Rez to the White House Rob Brown was so compelling and complex. He defied the simple labels of "gang leader" or "ex-con" or "criminal" or "drug dealer"; he was someone with a deep connection to his Native culture but had also gone through 39 foster families as a kid, 12 years in prison. He had a unique ability to reflect on his situation while in many ways still being trapped in it. Rob's story had never been told and it needed to be.
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Wilson at work, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Documentary Filmmaker Sue Wilson's Got the "Broadcast Blues" Everyone likes to scream about Fox News.But at least on cable TV, people can choose a liberal perspective via MSNBC.That is not the case with radio; because of the 1996 Telecommunications Act,more than 90% of talk radio is "conservative." And more than 90% of the country has zero opportunity to hear a dissenting point of view.Fox News is the boil on the face of the body culture;Talk radio is the cancer that is eating us alive.
Bernie, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Corporate Media Bias and the Iowa Caucus Bernie didn't win the 2016 nomination in part because the DNC put its thumb on the scale in various ways to help Hillary. Four years later, the main obstacle to Bernie winning the nomination is the corporate media system, not the DNC. Thanks to grassroots pressure, the DNC is acting in a more neutral fashion today. But corporate outlets -- afraid of the popularity of Bernie's proposals (and some of Warren's) -- are in a panic.
Series: Bernie Sanders (38 Articles, 110853 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 89274 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 263964 views) (View All Series)
Bernie Sanders/Hilary Clinton, From MyPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 17, 2016
Devil in the Details: Poll Results Clinton Does NOT Want You to See The more interesting aspect of that poll was how unpopular it showed Clinton to be. This is the other facet of the secret hiding in full sight -- not only does she not poll as well as Sanders against the Republicans, but people flat out don't like her. And we see this nationwide.So we have to congratulate the Clinton people for maintaining the widely-held perception that this unloved candidate is the best option the Dems have.
Series: Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 97166 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 165206 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 89274 views) (View All Series)
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 4, 2015
Prof. Recovers From Debilitating Concussion 10 Years Later [Part 1] I was consistently told that my brain damage was permanent, that I would never recover, and that no one with my kind of damage ever got better, to learn to live with my symptoms.In a last-gasp effort to hold on to my life before losing my job, my house, custodianship of my children and becoming a ward of the state, I got lucky: I chanced upon Donalee Markus and Deborah Zelinsky.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 23, 2009
Talking with Best-Selling Author Frank Schaeffer Today, the American evangelical/fundamentalist consumer of religion is even more prone to the truism that nothing succeeds like success. Talk about unregulated banks and hedge funds, the biggest unregulated American market is big-time religion (and it's tax-free!). Its success isn't measured in spiritual gain that changes anything for the better.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 3, 2011
Localeaks for Anonymous News Tips to 1500 News Organizations Anonymous tips have always played an important role in journalism. It's surprising that it took this long to give digital users some viable options. With less and less journalists on newspaper staffs, one major concern has been the ability of the press to effectively continue its vital role of watchdog journalism. I think this will help.
Bernie at #StopFastTrack Rallies, From FlickrPhotos
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Russ Baker: Bernie's Strength of Character Has HURT His Campaign I found that Clinton backers were not really differentiating between the candidates on their personal nature, their very real decisions and philosophical cores, their historical allies and funders...But the point the Times made, albeit very buried, was that Sanders had failed to seize on some key opportunities to damage Clinton and stand further apart from her, though he could have -- because of his own essential decency.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 24, 2010
CPA Lynn Petrovich Assesses [Personal] Cost of Current Health Care Policy The health insurance industry has finely tuned health "providing" into a set of definitions and procedures that are absolutely cumbersome, contradictory, and outright ridiculous. I've talked to many people who just give up and end up paying the bill out of pocket. Seniors spend $10,000 to $15,000; and don't forget these are people who already have TWO separate health insurance policies [AARP coverage, too].
Lotus, From PixabayPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Beyond Surviving: How to Thrive in Challenging Times There's a lot of fear going around with the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, Managing Editor Meryl Ann Butler manages to keep her cool. What are her secrets?
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cover art for Greg's latest book: How Trump Stole 2020: The Hunt for America's Missing Votes, From Uploaded
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 17, 2020
How Trump Stole 2020: Talking with Investigative Journalist, Greg Palast How Trump Stole 2020 has, at the back, a little tear-out poster, "Greg & Ted's New Improved Ballot Condom" for safe voting. No, you don't wrap it around your mail-in ballot--you follow the directions on how not to lose your vote. 22% of mail-in ballots are never counted, according to an MIT study. So pay attention, America, follow the directions on the Ballot Condom " we really can stop the steal.
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(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 7, 2007
The Dixie Chicks, "Shut Up and Sing" and the Cost of Dissent Shut Up and Sing traces the three years after "The Comment."Despite everything,they have stood by one another and by the conviction that they must be able to speak their minds in order to be true to themselves.In the process,they have achieved new levels of authenticity and maturity, and their songs resonate with passion. They're emphatically not going to shut up and, if we're lucky, they'll keep on singing for a long time.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 19, 2015
Documentary on Railroading of Don Siegelman In the Works! Steve Wimberly, the director, is filming interviews and B-roll right now. He's an Alabaman and knows the territory. The cumulative arc of specifics in Don's case will make very apparent that political persecution can happen and has happened in the United States, and it will happen again if we empower the bullies even further with civic laziness and a Pollyanna press that doesn't tell us the condition we're in.
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peace journalist, Bob Koehler, From MyPhotos
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 19, 2014
Journalist Robert C. Koehler says: Abolish the CIA! The U.S. launched its disastrous war on Iraq based largely on the false intelligence the CIA produced via torture.The Senate Intelligence Committee report makes clear that the information extracted by these techniques had no accuracy, belying all justification of them. But more to the point, torture and murder are utterly immoral acts, which rouse fury and hatred that come back to haunt the perpetrators: the American people.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 1, 2013
Katy Read on The Regrets of a Stay at Home Mom When my sons were six months and two years old, I left my full-time job as a newspaper reporter. I became a freelance writer/stay-at-home mother, with my sons in daycare three afternoons a week.It seemed like a great arrangement for everyone in the family. Then in 2008, my husband and I split up and I moved back to Minneapolis.That's when the recession hit. The newspaper industry had already been imploding and shedding jobs.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 2, 2018
Hidden Factors That Affect College Success: Who Knew? The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City offered a series of major grants that ran for 11 years, costing nearly a million dollars. We did a comprehensive, longitudinal, multi-method study... We wanted to know not only what students gained from going to college, but -- probably more importantly -- what features of college are really valuable, or really make learning happen.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 19, 2011
John Ennis and his documentary, "Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes" It explores Citizens United,the barriers to newcomer candidates, and ways to reclaim our campaigns from the highest bidder. It's an essay film about what I learned from traveling throughout Ohio, the bellwether state for America's political mindset. It was condensed data and first-hand evidence detailing massive effort to suppress voters and subvert elections. The credibility was important as was its nonpartisan tone.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 2, 2008
"Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back" - Pen and Paper vs. Electronic Voting Machine I spent no more than $20 for a year's supply of pens.The most expensive item I bought cost a few dollars.Yet each package came with a guarantee.Right there in black and white:Satisfaction guaranteed,via repair,exchange,or refund.Our electronic voting machines,on the other hand,come with no guarantees.Just why can't the companies that design them stand behind their products or give us our money back?What contracts did we sign?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 27, 2009
Collateral Damage: Interview with Dana Siegelman Typically, I interview people because of something they did, wrote, or believe. Today's guest,Dana Siegelman,is here because of who she is: the daughter of the former Governor of Alabama,Don Siegelman. He was the most visible target of the politicized Department of Justice during the last administration. Dana currently lives in California where she attended college.She has agreed to share her story with our readers.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 6, 2008
Katrina on my Mind: Debra South Jones with Just the Right Attitude I just finished "Standing Up To the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times" by Democracy Now's Amy Goodman and her brother David. The book's opening chapter is about Katrina, and how local residents are fighting to get their lives back.Debra South Jones does not appear within those pages, but she certainly could. She is the executive director of Just the Right Attitude.
Harvey Wasserman, From MyPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 21, 2016
GOP Flip & Strip Led to Trump Win? Like Gore and Kerry, Hillary is a multi-millionaire. Her first loyalty is to the establishment that keeps her rich. She would never challenge the basic illusions of our democracy. It's too radical for her. Like that line in "A Few Good Men": 'YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" I believe we will get through this. It'll stretch every muscle in our psychic bodies, but we'll get there, whatever it takes within a non-violent framework.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 28, 2016
He's Ready to Audit the Vote: Who's In? We aim to field one of the largest teams possible in researching every aspect of the election result. We'll aim to bring unique insight to the recounts, but not just to that. We will be looking at the mechanics of voting itself (including paper ballots and electronic voting), as well as at vote suppression and other factors. We welcome anyone who has information or wishes to participate to contact us via our site.
Series: Jill Stein (10 Articles, 24461 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 165206 views), Activism (208 Articles, 422639 views) (View All Series)
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Inmates Train Service Dogs with Assist from Civilians on Weekends Most of the dogs in the program live with prison inmates for about a year, starting from the age of about three months. The inmates train the puppies to be service dogs but what they can't do for them is give them real-world experiences, like riding in a car or going to a movie. We take the puppies out Friday-Sunday evenings and gradually expose them to all of the experiences they'll encounter as working service dogs.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Are Federal Prisons Finding it Hard to Let Go? We don't believe it was coincidence that Gary's legal mail notifying of the denial by the appeals court and his attorney's abandonment of his case were illegally opened by the prison employees in Edgefield, then Gary was put on a bus for transfer without any of his personal belongings, including his legal materials, which were taken by the prison employees and withheld from him for almost a month of the limited time for appeal
Operating Nuclear Reactors, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 11, 2017
No Nukes Is Good News: Plans for 2 Reactors Bite the Dust! We have just won a HUGE victory with the cancellation of the two reactors under construction at VC Summer in SC. That leaves just two nukes under construction in the entire US, a situation that dates back to the 1950s. Reactors cannot compete with gas, wind or solar, so the whole industry should fold up over the next few years. The question is whether we'll get them all shut before one or more of them melts down and blows up.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Obama's Keystone XL Pipeline Veto Just Smoke and Mirrors? The pipeline system already does what people are saying "Keystone XL" set out to do: move tar sands down to Gulf refineries and the Houston Ship Channel. So TransCanada, oil traders, hedge fund tycoons, refiners and all the other gamblers in this casino we call the oil and gas industry have already largely won this fight, even as activists have declared what Obama nixed to be a major victory.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 16, 2009
Vets Speak Out! Interview with Rick Reyes Rick Reyes is a former marine corporal who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan,2001) and Operation Iraqi Freedom(2003). Since coming home in 2004,he has become increasingly disenchanted with our foreign policy.He contacted filmmaker Robert Greenwald through Facebook to thank him for his Rethink Afghanistan documentary campaign. Now, Greenwald and Reyes have joined forces.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 9, 2013
David Rowell on RFK and "The Train of Small Mercies" A man who had sought to make America a better, more moral place, was dead, and people from New York to Washington could stand alongside the train tracks and bear witness, say a prayer, hope for their country to find its way back, somehow. And Fusco had caught all that pain, but also a sense of conviction, as well--a sense of faith that we, as a country, would endure. And I wanted to explore what these people's lives were like
Tanner and fam take their show on the Road, From Uploaded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Meet The Guy Behind the Surprise Quarantine Drive Up Show I'm so glad that so many people have enjoyed this video and that it has been able to spread joy to more people than I had ever imagined.This is a scary time and many people are feeling lonely and sad especially because a lot of us are not able to see our loved ones. Music really has the power to bring people together and I love that. Because of the amazing response we are working on a part two to the quarantine drive up show.
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March on Wall St. 1.15.17, sign reads: Health Care is a Human Rights [Paris is second from right], From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Single-Payer Surge - Really?! Sanders' campaign lit the fire and the Republicans' attempts to repeal/replace/repair ACA is simply adding fuel to this burning desire to join the other developed countries of the world with a uniquely American solution - expanding our Medicare program to cover everyone in the US and improving the coverage and financing to eliminate any financial barriers to care at the point of service (no co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance).
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peace journalist Bob Koehler, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 4, 2016
Reaching Beyond the Candidates with Bob Koehler I think politics as usual is under serious assault. Bernie gave Hillary an extraordinary challenge.... [He] ran as a serious candidate, articulating values that progressives haven't seen addressed at this level in many decades. I think the public is ready for profound change. This could, of course, be disastrous. Trump is a maniac. The challenge is to keep the Bernie revolution alive, indeed, to expand it.
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Rotimi at White House, sign says: I am #LostInAmerica, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Once-Homeless Filmmaker Tackles Youth Homelessness in "Lost in America" Youth who are on the street are not there by choice. They are there because either home no longer exists, home is no longer safe, or home no longer wants them.When these youth end up on the street they're met with the harsh truth that no one wants them there either.So, where to go? No child should ever have to face that question. It's time to start paying attention, to make sure that no child ever has to end up Lost in America
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Novelist Corban Addison Tackles Human Trafficking in "A Walk Across the Sun" After months of reading and interviews, I traveled to India and Europe. I went to court with lawyers, visited safe houses and met girls rescued from the sex trade; I interviewed field agents about their work investigating pimps and brothel owners; and I went undercover into the brothels of Mumbai to meet trafficking victims firsthand. Without this, I could never have written an authentic story.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 6, 2010
Frank Schaeffer on the Military Religious Freedom Foundation MRFF's role is to ensure that our government adheres to the spirit as well as the letter of the Constitution;that it leads by example when it comes to not allowing the military to become a place where religion takes residence as if in a church!The fundamentalist right ascribes to something called Reconstructionist ideology and hate anyone who gets in the way.If it was up to the radical fringe, Mikey Weinstein would be dead.
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(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 3, 2015
David Swanson: "War is So 2014!" President Obama has been credited with "ending" and "drawing down" this war [in Afghanistan] not only while expanding it to triple the size but also for a longer period of time than various other major wars combined.The catch is that this war is not over or ending. This year was more deadly than any of the previous 12. War is optional, that it is not imposed on us, that we have the responsibility to scale it back or to end it.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 10, 2014
Coming Out and Pushing Back Against Alzheimer's, Part One Bernie was really getting annoying with his constant questions, my feeling his greater dependence on me and his no longer being the person I married. I had to take more and more responsibility and guide him. At times I found myself getting very irritated and taking it out on him. Then, the guilt set in. He's not doing this on purpose. He has always been very thoughtful and helpful to me. Why am I yelling at him?
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 18, 2016
Who Uses Puppets for Political Protest? Meet Elliot Crown I make highly theatrical puppets, employing familiar cultural icons, to spread progressive ideas in the press. It's a formula. Since any artwork is open to interpretation, mainstream corporate media images can often SHOW what they will not, literally, SAY. I call it the "art loophole." And I think most journalists privately lean left and are glad to publish a progressive image if given the chance. I operate in that space.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Part Two: BlackBoxVoting's Bev Harris Walks Us Through the DOJ Anti-Trust Probe of ES&S It is essential for the DOJ to unravel true ownership behind ES&S,because if they don't,how will they know that the next entity is not just the same guys hiding behind a different screen?And how would we know that a divestiture wasn't just the same game,different name?So ES&S will probably be required to divest itself of its Diebold election purchase,but the devil will be in the details.We'll have to be exceptionally vigilant
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Comedian Mark Schiff's Done it All: Seinfeld, Carson, Letterman and Leno - Now What? I've been doing private events and touring with Jerry Seinfeld. I was at Caesar's Palace with him a few times in the last couple of years. It's a great gig. Private jets and five-star hotels. One of the things I'm most proud of is that I work clean. There is no cursing in my act. I can't tell you how many people appreciate that. The play is also a rare bird these days. There is, I think, one curse word in 90 pages.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 27, 2013
The Bureau of Prisons, The Flood and Your Tax Dollars At Work All cloak and dagger and darkness of night. They don't go to such lengths for any prisoner charged with even violent offences, but they sure did it for Gary. Because what is most important to BOPers is protecting - not the public, but protecting the BOP (its employees and agents) from the public and prosecutors learning about their corruption. The First Amendment is BOP Enemy Number 1.
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one of the alleged 3,000,000 alien voters?, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 9, 2017
3 Million "Alien Voters": Figment of DT's Imagination? This is the Big Lie at work, as the Nazis knew. It masks the fact that millions were in fact DISENFRANCHISED from voting in this election, as shown by Greg Palast. It's also important that HRC won the five key swing states of FL, NC, PA, MI and WI in the exit polls but not the official vote count, a sure sign of electronic manipulation.So, this was a fascist stolen election and Trump's screams are a brilliant smokescreen.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 263964 views), justice (25 Articles, 56384 views), Jill Stein (10 Articles, 24461 views) (View All Series)
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 4, 2015
Government Ends Threat to Jail James Risen but Danger to Journalists and Whistleblowers Remains Freedom of the press depends on media outlets being able to provide the public with information about powerful people and institutions that those powerful people and institutions don't want publicized. If whistleblowing is shut down, freedom of the press suffers. Politically and legally, the situation with Risen in the Sterling trial is apt to be a hugely important test case that will cast a long shadow for the future.
Series: Freedom of the Press (5 Articles, 18980 views), journalism (76 Articles, 173294 views), Whistleblowers (27 Articles, 67051 views) (View All Series)
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 12, 2011
Tom Devine and his "Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth" I wanted to share 32 years of lessons learned helping over 5,000 whistleblowers. People who may be traveling the highest risk, highest principled road of their life should not have to proceed by trial and error. Exercising the freedom to protest, they are the agents of accountability. Exercising the freedom to warn, they prevent avoidable disasters before it is too late for anything except finger pointing & damage control.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 21, 2013
Brad Friedman Shines Spotlight on CA Bill to End Federal Testing of E-Voting Systems It is for a good reason that state law,until SB 360, made it impossible for a single person to approve electronic voting systems for use in actual elections without independent testing by a federal body.There was a well-considered reason that CA had some of the most stringent rules requiring systems to be federally certified before they could even be considered for use in a state election.SB 360 will become state law on 1.1.14
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 23, 2015
Fomenting the Happiness Revolution My objective today is to make the science of happiness accessible to as many people as possible. Towards that end, I continue to write books, and I have also just launched a new project--Happier.TV-- which I hope will reach many people and introduce ideas, tools, and techniques that can help them fulfill their potential for success and happiness.
Series: Empowerment (63 Articles, 108404 views), behavior/psychology (29 Articles, 51529 views), Author/books (41 Articles, 78760 views) (View All Series)
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 3, 2010
WSJ Columnist Jeff Zaslow on Randy Pausch and "The Last Lecture" I spoke to Randy by phone the day before the lecture & found him so engaging and full of life.But the plane ticket from Detroit was $850 and my editor suggested that I save the Journal money and stay home.I could just call Randy after the lecture to see how it went.But there was something that made me want to see him give this talks so I drove there.It was the best 300 miles I've ever driven.I really saw something astonishing.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 27, 2016
Pot-Powered Family Business, Growing Like a Weed in Denver People come to us because we have already made the mistakes and learned from them. We help those with the desire, money and business savvy and want to get into our industry but need the "know how" to do so. We have consulted in over 40 states and have approximately 30 clients across the US. We are really picking up steam with this company and branching out to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Jamaica and even Puerto Rico.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 17, 2016
Courts Order Re-Do of Presidential Election - WHAT?! The most important thing to come out of the recent Austrian Constitutional Court decision is its elimination of the need to prove that a particular result was fraudulent. The key to election integrity lies in the ability to eliminate the "possibility" of a rigged outcome by ensuring transparency in how votes are tallied. Hopefully, that foreign decision will lead us to re-evaluate how we approach our own elections here.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 2, 2011
Job Hunting Tips from Author of "What Color is Your Parachute?" So, a funny thing happened to me, on the way to church. While just trying to help some campus ministers who were hanging on the ropes, I accidentally wrote a best-selling book.I didn't write it to be that.I didn't write it to make money, I only wrote it to be helpful. I didn't know that with its annual revisions (which I required) and with teaching from it all around the world, it would take over my whole life, [since] 1970.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 2, 2014
Toronto Musicologist and Mother of Six Secretly Helped 3,000 Jews Escape from Syria I learned to operate by using natural street sense. I put myself into the mindset of the people with whom I was dealing. I was very, very careful not to make a mistake. It always took me a lot of time to make decisions for someone's life. If I would not put one of my own children on the escape route, the Syrian Jews didn't go either -- until I was ready and the border was quiet. Luck also played a part.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 30, 2016
When Tiffany Talks, People Listen: Socially Unacceptable, the Vlog Hillary has received millions in campaign contributions from the wealthy, from lobbyists, and from Wall St. I believe she will put the needs of those people and industries first I worry about what she says behind closed doors and what promises she makes. I agree with Bernie on nearly every issue and most importantly, I believe that he stays true to his beliefs and won't change his stance because of lobbyists or personal greed.
Series: Bernie Sanders (38 Articles, 110853 views), Activism (208 Articles, 422639 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 97166 views) (View All Series)
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Hershey Felder on Chicago World Premiere of "Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein" Felder is an award-winning Canadian concert pianist, actor, playwright and composer. "MAESTRO is about Leonard Bernstein, conductor, composer, TV personality, political figure. The story is a life through music. [The world premiere of MAESTRO is in] Chicago, my American home base, largely because of the wonderful people and the magic that only Chicago has. A generosity of spirit."
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 14, 2011
Producer Michael Dorf Brings "Downtown Seder" to Chicago April 13 It's a full Seder, but taking the classic story from the Haggadah and dividing it up into about 20 parts which I then distribute between musicians, comedians, political figures, writers, thinkers, etc. The timeless story of liberation from slavery transcends us Jews and provides a great reminder of all the struggles for freedom around the globe from the Holocaust to genocide today in Darfur, civil rights struggles all over.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Beyond Baseball: Steroids - here, there, and everywhere Recognizing the pandemic drug use in sports has changed the way I look at the MLB. I don't regard this as making excuses; context is always relevant. What we have is no less than a worldwide culture of cheating that infects everything it touches. If you've been following sports for years, maybe none of this is a surprise, but for a newbie like me, it's, well, news. I feel soiled.
Robert Reich, From MyPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 17, 2014
Robert Reich Warns: Millions of Voters Could Be Turned Away in November We have so many things to be outraged about that it's all too easy to fall into a kind of cynical oblivion. But that's a dangerous cop-out. Even if someone is living in the bluest of states, they're likely to have friends or relations in a red state -- and those friends or relations need to be mobilized to take on Republicans who won't lift a finger to save the Voting Rights Act or who might try to suppress minority votes.
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Jon, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 30, 2013
Meet Jon Reiner, The Man Who Couldn't Eat I have become the anti-food food writer. It's a specialized niche; I am the only member. Yes, it has all been extraordinarily unorthodox, but that's of a piece with the arc of my writing career. If you enjoy irony,this one has been the laugh that keeps on going.Recently, I was invited to be a keynote speaker at a food symposium called MAD 2013, the others are all celebrated chefs and industry professionals. It's astonishing.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 15, 2020
How I was Radicalized at Age 16 When I was sixteen years old, 15 officers from 4 different police agencies raided our house and arrested me for my first ounce of marijuana.I was charged with two first degree felonies.There's nothing more effective than a marijuana bust to cause a child to start questioning the validity of our laws. I was radicalized overnight. I was now under constant surveillance. The only way I could fight back was to join the campaign of
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 16, 2009
Caught in the Crosshairs: Former Governor Don Siegelman Talks with OpEdNews Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman talked with OpEdNews this week before heading for this weekend's Netroots Nation conference in Pittsburgh. In our extensive, free-wheeling interview, he discussed being a target of the Bush DoJ, his case, the cast of characters, and how he's kept his spirits up during the ordeal.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 22, 2010
How A High School Jazz Band Brought Prom Dresses, Musical Instruments and Hope to NOLA We collected over 1000 prom dresses and tuxedos. Two years after the storm, I watched these girls have the time of their lives. It was unlike anything I saw in New Orleans. During that trip, I saw abandoned houses, devastated people, and neighborhoods in ruin, but I never saw anything as optimistic as girls my age, from a completely different background, preparing for that most special of high school gatherings: PROM.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 21, 2011
Family Farm Defenders Send 53 Tractors to Madison Rally Grassroots opposition has been steadily growing as more and more folks realize what is at stake. First it was being portrayed as just an attack on public sector workers, but then when his budget came out people saw the true nature of his ideological agenda to downsize, privatize, and outsource all sorts of other essential services even selling off state owned power plants to the Koch Brothers without competitive bidding!
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 21, 2016
Hillary Might Appoint Bill to Be Her JOBS CZAR - Really?! The irony is that she wants to appoint a person, Bill Clinton, who signed NAFTA and championed free trade....It's kind of like suggesting that the person who opened up the barn door and let all the horses out - arguing that it would be good for the farm - is supremely qualified to round them up and return them to the barn after they have already fled to distant lands.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 22, 2014
Here They Go Again! Watch BOP Make Up Infractions On the Fly I returned to my car and as I was preparing to leave and make additional calls, the two visitors who had walked across the grass while I was begging Patrick to let me visit my husband - my RIGHT, NOT a privilege - returned to their car as yet another group of visitors walked across the grass. I was concerned they were also not being allowed to visit, but they told me one of them just had to change her shirt.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Constitutional Amendment Or Bust Legislation would clarify the Constitution and that would reverse the Citizens United folly by empowering Congress to again establish reasonable regulation.Constitutional amendment is needed to reject the notion that spending money and free speech are indistinguishable. Otherwise, the very wealthy have giant 120 decibel megaphones and the rest of us have little tin cans on strings. And isn’t that what’s going on already?
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 15, 2010
Raj Patel Discusses Our Broken Market Society and Ways to Reshape It When communities are given the chance, they do much much better than when big government or when big business is allowed in. That, to me, is tremendously hopeful. What I show in the second part of the book is how we can take political responsibility for ourselves and, when we make our *own* mistakes, learn from them and do things better. Surely, that's a better scenario than the one we've endured until now?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Election Transparency Coalition's Joanne Lukacher Discusses Fallout as New York Struggles With Electronic Voting One of the huge continuing disappointments faced by those of us working on the integrity of election system is that more established, larger organizations whose missions should lead them directly to a platform of true election integrity have not been supportive.They really don't seem to understand that the computers used in op-scan systems are as riggable and hackable and prone to failure as are the DREs.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 15, 2010
David Gewirtz Appears on History Channel's "The President's Book of Secrets" A typical, low-end iPhone stores 16 gigabytes, which can hold 6,250 King James Bibles or 1,750 complete sets of all seven Harry Potter novels. If you'd like another way to think about it, the full Bradley Manning Wikileaks dump of confidential State Department cables is estimated to be 1.6 gigabytes, or just one tenth of your typical iPhone's storage. Scary, isn't it? So, people, let's hang onto our phones, okay?
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 22, 2010
J. Kim Wright J.D.: Working to Transform the Legal Profession I saw the potential of lawyers to transform the world.If we could harness their intelligence,anything was possible.I was in a course called Power and Contribution.Our assignment was to create a promise for the world,something seemingly impossible.I promised to transform the legal profession,to have lawyers see themselves as peacemakers, problem-solvers and healers of conflicts,being agents of transformation with their clients.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 16, 2015
"The Diary of Anne Frank" - What Can There Possibly Be Left to Say? I believe we tell stories in an attempt to understand. With Diary, it still makes no sense to us-- the ridiculousness of the cruelty, the fact that they were on the last train to leave Westerboerk. Plus, performing in the space we are in where only 60 people experience the story at the time. They are literally inside the annex! And can see one another watching the play which adds another layer of empathy.
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Rocky Mountain High: How Cannabis Does Good Cannabis Doing Good aims to inspire a standard for social responsibility between cannabis businesses, communities and consumers. We want to acknowledge those companies doing good and give consumers the ability to choose purpose-driven cannabis companies... It's an exciting time to be part of the industry, shaping best business practices, and acknowledging leaders in cannabis who support communities, people and the planet.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 20, 2009
Interview with Karen Levy of Honor Flight This idea of bringing vets to DC was the brainchild of Earl Morse,a physician assistant and retired Air Force Captain.When the WW II memorial was finished and dedicated in May of 2004, it sparked a lot of interest among Morse's patients at the VA clinic in Springfield, Ohio.Since its inception,Honor Flight Network has brought more than 40,000 vets of WW II,Korea,and Viet Nam to DC at absolutely no cost to the vets themselves.
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Dan Ariely on his Books, his Work and What Makes Him Tick For a long time, I couldn't function like other people in society. And I started looking at all kinds of things from a different, external perspective. Even now that I'm part of society in nearly every aspect, I still have some of this perspective of looking at things from a slightly outside perspective which is not a lot of fun as a member of society but it's a very useful thing as a social scientist.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 30, 2009
Interview with Nonprofit Maven Heidi Massey I have always worked at nonprofit organizations. The mission of the organization is what drives my passion. Without that mission, I find it very difficult to get out of bed in the morning and go to work. I have a 16 year-old daughter who says, like many her age, that she wants to change the world one day. Most parents would dismiss that as youthful idealism. My response is I want to change the world with her!
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Filmmaker Beth Kruvant on "Heart of Stone" Looking for a captivating story, I turned to the students.Stone selected several he thought would be articulate and interesting.I narrowed the story down to the three gang members. Seeing the influence of gang life on the students, I saw the story. I needed to build the characters, like building a case for court. I collected evidence to convince my audience that these were well-rounded individuals that we can relate to.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 29, 2009
Exclusive Interview with David Gewirtz, Author of Where Have All The Emails Gone? David Gewirtz is the author of Where have all the Emails Gone? which was published in 2007. He has also written more than 700 articles "about technology, competitiveness, and national security policy." David has agreed to an extensive interview with OpEdNews. This is the first of a three-part series.
Is the Voice of We the People Soon to be Muzzled?, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 13, 2017
Will FCC Destroy Democracy on Nov. 16? Activism Needed Now! [This] is a continuing purposeful attempt by Republicans to monopolize the information We the People get over our own airwaves with alt right propaganda. It is also an attempt by the Trump administration to gut our regulatory framework. Of all of those attempts, this is the most dangerous. Once these companies buy up all the stations, the genie is out of the bottle and cannot be put back.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 17, 2016
Roots Music: Three Strings and a Shovel Nashville-based guitarist, Justin Johnson, has a unique approach to music. From cigar box guitars to one-string diddley bows, he takes traditional styles like Blues, Roots, Bluegrass, Gospel, etc. and uses that musical vocabulary to create something new and meaningful.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 3, 2018
How To Reform School: A Radical Reimagines Education With our current policies and priorities, we impose on our schools, teachers, and classrooms a standardized curriculum that largely serves the needs of those who want to rank performance. We choose to make life easy for college admissions and legislators, very much as the expense of real learning. But it doesn't have to be that way.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 6, 2016
Timely Message: "Positive Words, Powerful Results" [My students] got very good at using more affirming language. It became an important part of my teaching for the rest of my career. My #1 goal at the beginning of each school year was to create a "Caring Community" in my classroom. We did that by choosing the right words. Many of my students have told me years later that it was one of the most valuable things they learned in high school. Thank you Mom. Thank you Tim.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 11, 2009
Harmonious Living: Talking with Rachel Kriger, Ethical Vegetarian, Organic Gardener and Acupuncturist What I love so much about this process is the many connections I can make to my human existence.I need to feed and nourish myself with good food, water, and sleep so that I can sprout healthy ideas, relationships and adventures, manifest them, let the rest go, and keep moving around the cycles and seasons learning a lot along the way.The more attention I give to each thing, the more likely I will reap a good harvest from it.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 12, 2017
Election Theft in the USA: An Astrophysicist's POV Nothing can be accomplished until we restore the basic elements of a free society: transparency in government, robust diversity of news reporting, open and fair elections that are counted in broad daylight. Our "elected" officials are not excited about changing the system that keeps them in power. But one way or another, we will get our democracy back."The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 22, 2008
Madoff and Me No, I'm not carrying Madoff's love child. And I didn't have money invested in his scheme. But, I was once scammed – big time – by a scoundrel masquerading as a friend. Madoff has forced me to dredge up that unpleasant episode, buried deep for over a decade.
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Sticks 'n Stones, the F-Bomb, and How to Beat the Bullies Last Sunday was almost perfect. But an unexpected encounter with a bully turned my day, and my stomach, inside out. After an internal struggle, I figured out a way to deal with it that might be valuable for others, too.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 20, 2010
Focus on New Orleans: Greening Langston Hughes Academy with Amy Zellweger Volunteers have played a HUGE role: constructed raised beds, shade structures, shelving, picnic tables and benches. Volunteers have also designed and painted on our fences, helped organize the garden, plant seeds, and lay mulch. But, most of all, the volunteers that have come to assist in the Dreamkeeper garden have given myself and the scholars belief and support that there is a greater community that cares.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 8, 2009
Interview with Dr. Margaret Flowers, Arrested Tuesday on Capitol Hill, part two This is a rights-based movement& will only succeed if we treat it as such, stand up & say that enough is enough.We can do this!Congress is on a timeline.They want legislation by August & voted on by November.The whole "health care debate" is being scripted to lead us into a Massachusetts-style of reform.It will be too expensive & won't guarantee that everybody can get healthcare.It would be better if nothing is passed..
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 11, 2015
FCC Steps Up to Protect Prisoner Families from Being Gouged by Telecoms The companies create an artificial monopoly and then take advantage of the captive market The prison (or jail) phone companies charge people roughly a dollar per minute or $16 for a 15 minute phone call. Would you pay that much for a phone call? No. You'd change phone companies. The good news is that the FCC just voted to curtail that practice.
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(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 30, 2006
Crocs, Costco and the Mindful Shopper Actually, what I really want to talk about are actions and consequences – a concept I've been stressing to my kids for the last two and a half decades. I'm a wholehearted subscriber to the theory, although that doesn't mean that following through is easy.
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BRAD BLOG Exposes CA Law Restricting "Recounts" To the Wealthy They argued that people have a right to know who is funding a count. They struck me as odd, because a count is a count, no matter who pays for it. Ballots are all counted publicly by county officials in such a "recount". But making it harder for citizen oversight -- particularly so that only rich people can afford "recounts" -- seemed insane to me, and the folks in the Election Integrity community seemed to agree.
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Obama A Big Hypocrite? Ask Legal Schnauzer, Roger Shuler Obama's "look forward" statement made no sense and it makes even less sense now, coming after he expressed outrage the other day over disclosures about the IRS targeting conservative groups for political reasons.In a news conference,he said he would not "tolerate" such actions."But his inaction toward the DOJ shows that he WILL tolerate targeting of political opponents, and that he will not take steps to fix the problem.
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Drone Protester Will Kick off New Year with Prison Sentence In the '80s,we grew familiar with planning actions that included nonviolent civil disobedience. We aimed for radical, uncompromising actions that called for an end to U.S. intervention in Central America. I was incarcerated for a year at a maximum security prison in Lexington, KY --it was one of the most educational years of my life. I emerged with a strong desire to be part of ongoing peace team efforts.
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"Saddle Up Your Own White Horse: 5 Principles Every Woman Needs To Know" If more mothers focused on building strength in their daughters vs. femininity, this world would be a better place. Strength trumps softness, always. I also believe if more mothers raised their daughters to know they could always come home, no matter what, women would take more risk and be more courageous.Charm fades, if women build a foundation of strength within themselves, they can always rebuild their life if they need to.
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Fair Fight? Bernie vs. The 'Highly Paid Bouncers' of the Corporate Media McGovern was the last presidential candidate who spoke against a current war and advocated change at many levels. His campaign was destroyed, partly by bad luck (the Eagleton fiasco), partly by the media, partly by Nixon. I think he served as the perfect excuse for the Democratic Party to shut the door on the New Left and stay caged in corporate centrism. Sanders is trying to open that cage.
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Is Disney's Policy to Replace American Workers with Imports? [Of] approximately 157.1 million employed individuals in the US, approximately 60 million are imported foreign workers who have ALREADY replaced US workers.The segregation of Americans out of the American job market is almost complete.There are "foreigners only" want advertisement across the country. Without even a modicum of shame,corporations are posting discriminatory want ads,some even stipulating "No Americans need apply"
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 3, 2014
Making Music for Peace: Backstage with Shani - Artist, Activist, International Pop Star When people were in areas where there was struggle, conflict or natural disaster, they wondered if their plight was being witnessed, if anyone cared. And I thought to have some of the greatest voices in the world essentially "giving voice" to the people, to humanity as a whole, we could use this message of solidarity and connect through common ground - music.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Exclusive Interview with Jill Bolte Taylor, author of "My Stroke of Insight" Jill Bolte Taylor experience a debilitating stroke one morning in December, 1996. As a brain scientist at Harvard, she was in the unique position of being able to observe what unfolded from both a personal and scientific perspective. That narrative, about her stroke and its aftermath, forms the basis of her book, the New York bestseller "My Stroke of Insight - A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey."
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Interview: Whistleblower Don Soeken, author, "Don't Kill the Messenger!" I take cases no one else will - and I win. I've counseled hundreds of whistleblowers over the past 40 years. I tell all in my recent book, focusing on just a few of the whistleblowers I've helped. Judges have declared me an expert witness uniquely qualified to testify about whistleblower psychology. Since 1980, I've helped whistleblowers win more than $100 million in court awards and settlements.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 25, 2014
Farmer Gene's Tiny But Mighty Popcorn - Mighty Tasty and NO GMOs! One of the good things about TBM Popcorn being an heirloom is that it is dent sterile meaning it will not cross with other corn so it can't be contaminated with GMOs. Heirlooms are more difficult to grow but the flavor and ability to propagate each year are good things.The seeds are smaller than conventional popcorn and have a very thin hull so when popped, it is easily digested and does not get stuck in your teeth.
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2015 'Best for the World' List Highlights B Corp Honorees The B Corp Best for the World Lists highlight those companies creating the most impact for a better world. We think of this as the Fortune 500 of social and environmental impact. 120 companies have been honored for creating the most overall impact, community and worker impact as well. These companies as leaders among leaders and hope they will inspire all companies to start measuring their impact with as much rigor as profit.
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BoP Flying Monkeys and Administrative Contrarians Why allow someone who is unfamiliar with the rules and procedures at FPC Montgomery to make final decisions about those very rules and procedures? Why did she have to ruin visitation for so many families on a holiday weekend? Of course, there was no apology for her behavior toward me. Not just local rules and procedures, but she was harassing me over a national procedure outlined in a Program Statement.
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 13, 2014
Thousands will Die from 25 States' Medicaid Opt-Out, Research Shows Some governors and legislators feel that it's so important to undermine Obamacare that they're willing to sacrifice huge potential health and financial gains for their citizens while at the same time turning down billions of dollars that would help their economies.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 26, 2015
US-Cuba Tug of War Over Elite Athletes, Part Two Cuba has imposed brutal conditions on its citizens that must rightfully be changed, but providing a foil for the Cuban government never benefited any Cuban citizens in the short or long term. I'm all for a pragmatic approach and finally the American public is in agreement with that strategy. The bigger question is, will changes in American policy help make Cuba a place the majority of Cubans still have hope for their futures?
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BOP: 'Til Death Do Us Part? If I left Gary and prison by 2:00, I could stop for gasoline and a caffeinated drink, make a snack-and-bathroom-break stop, and get home by 8:00, 20 to 21 hours after I had started the day. In those 20-hour days, I have usually been able to spend only five hours or so with Gary. Sometimes it was only two hours, when the prison employees were being particularly horrible. Those hours together had to last until the next time.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 26, 2008
Antidote to Election Theft: "Steal Back Your Vote" "Steal Back Your Vote" is about enabling all legitimate voters to vote,whatever their political persuasion.It discusses the barriers to voting laid out in "Block the Vote"and goes a step further by giving concrete suggestions on how to combat them.While Palast and Kennedy feel that the GOP has already stolen the election,they stress that it's not too late.Readers can still take action to blunt the voter suppression tactics.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Winter in July? Trying to Stay Warm in Edgefield Prison Last weekend was a new low-literally. There was a virtual arctic blast emanating from the ceiling vents. So,huddled in prison, we shivered. At one point, I leaned over and touched Gary's cheek with my nose.He jumped.At noon, the thermostat showed 61 degrees in the visiting room.When I left, the temperature gauge in my car indicated it was 103 out.Many of the prisoners try to sleep in sweats and hats with thermostats set at 55.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 11, 2011
Chicago Comedian and Political Cartoonist: Their Take on Occupy Movement The wide variety of the people fascinates me. I try to choose the participants carefully to document this. It is quite different from what is suggested in most of the coverage-- the protesters are not all young hippies. So far, the blog has been flying under the radar, and you're scooping the mainstream media, but people in the know think it's a great idea.
Albert Einstein defined insanity as
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Jonathan Simon: Votecounts As 'Alternative Facts' Joan, I Woke Up This Mornin' With The We're In Deep sh*t Pants On Fire Voter-Fraud Blues.Funny you should mention Canada and leaving en masse. In this past Sunday's NYT Book Review, Beverly Gage, reviewing Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel, "It Can't Happen Here," writes: "If Lewis's post-election vision is what awaits us....the only viable options will be to get out of the country or to join an armed underground resistance."
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Roger Shuler Muses on Justice Department's Odd Priorities How is this for irony? The Democratic Party, since passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, has consistently stuck its neck out to stand up for justice issues. In the process, it has paid a huge electoral price, just as Lyndon Johnson predicted. But now we have our first black president turning his back on the very justice issues that have given his party its moral authority.
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"Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" For some reason, I have been drawn to heavier material. It started with Blindsided by Richard Cohen, about his life with MS. Now, it's Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. This book is my every nightmare come true. When I speak about it, the first thing most people ask is, "It's fiction, right?" Wrong. And, I'm more sorry about that than I can say.
Two young feminists. Signs read:
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 2, 2017
Longtime Activist Reflects on Women's March, Boston I have been to many marches over many decades, and for a variety of causes. The women's march turned out to be the most exciting one I have ever been part of. Not only because of its size in Boston and worldwide. But also because of the spirit of the march, the friendliness of all of us, the intentions of the march, the knowledge that we were doing something very important, the most creative signs i have ever seen.
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MomsRising Tackles Zika Virus, EpiPen Greed (and More) We are an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization with more than a million members working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and to build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. Established in 2006,[we] are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America's families.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 13, 2011
Part Two, Tom Devine and his "Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide" Last year, the law was blocked by a secret hold after unanimously passing both House and Senate. We're going to finish the job his time. 400 organizations with over 80 million members have signed the Make It Safe Coalition petition to pass the law without further delay. Leading conservative groups are working actively to hold R. leaders to their waste and abuse fighting commitments this time around.
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San Francisco Lover/Caretaker Shafted by Hard-hearted HUD Regulations We also had a hard time preparing for his death: We were in and out of emergency rooms way too often: about 12 times in the last 18 months, I think. When you're dealing with hospitals, medications, hospice, friends who want to help, doling out morphine, cooking and cleaning, things like housing technicalities go to the wayside. So now, I'm dealing with the technicalities - that have turned into major life-altering situations.
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Part Two: Talking with Dr. Temple Grandin, Author of "Thinking in Pictures" When the animal welfare issue came up first, they go "Oh, animal welfare. Big hassle. Give it to the lawyers, give it to the public relations department. Make it go away." Then, when I took them out to the plants and things are going right and they're saying "That's not so bad," but when things were going bad, oh, eyes got opened up. They were saying "Whoa. There are some things here that we need to change."
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Women's March: Whidbey Island, WA Everyone thought that 50 or 100 people would show up and straggle around. The numbers were thrilling. Signs were homegrown and creative. I think we all felt encouraged that so many of our neighbors care as much as we do. Sometimes you can feel alone or, as one friend says of protests, the STP: same ten people: our determination to not let the Trump presidency take away our rights, freedoms, dignity, love, care for one another.
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"Maybe You Should Talk To Someone" Explores Therapy from Both Ends of the Couch I went from shaping fictional stories for film and television, to immersing myself in real stories in medical school, to telling people's stories as a journalist, and finally, to helping people change their stories as a therapist. My writing background is helpful to my work as a therapist, because I often feel like an editor when I'm seeing patients. People come in with faulty narratives, ingrained stories that need an update-
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 31, 2008
Exclusive Interview with Investigator Rady Ananda The only way we're ever going to have honest elections is if citizens take over the process, simplify it (meaning, no software), and allow constant scrutiny by everyday people of all political faiths, or who are nonpartisan.The ballots have to be counted on election night, at the polling site, before all who wish to observe, and the results announced immediately "" before any precinct knows the results of any others.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 8, 2018
Jill Stein's PA Lawsuit - What Happened and What Does It Mean? The Greens decided to go public and crowd-source donations. That was a last-minute decision and a bit of a Hail Mary. Starting midday on Wednesday and continuing over the weekend, they raised $7.3 million from 161,000 online donations. The mainstream media, led by GOP-friendly Fox and Brietbart.com scoffed. But Stein still hoped it would be possible to get answers to basic questions, such as were the counts accurate?
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Time after Time: Rephotography Seamlessly Blends Past and Present First I obtain a rare, turn-of-the-century photograph. Then I shoot an identical photograph from the exact same vantage point in the present day. I then blend them together into a single image that reveals parts of the old world and parts of the new. What people really find intriguing is being able to compare the image to what the scene looked like in the original photograph taken over a century ago.
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Ernest A. Canning on the "War for Wisconsin" Photo ID laws are essentially a solution in search of a problem. The "Big Lie" entails the canard that such laws are needed to prevent "voter fraud."The true purpose of photo ID can be understood only when one comes to appreciate that photo ID laws have a disproportionate adverse impact upon the poor, the elderly, minorities and students, none of whom tend to vote for GOP candidates.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 28, 2008
The Knot in the Pit of My Stomach: Reflections on Mumbai Since I was busy in the kitchen the last few days and concentrating on the upcoming holiday,I was only dimly aware that anything was going on Over There.In fact,when I received the email from Brasscheck,I posted it to OpEdNews without thinking too much about it.The corporate media do spend too much time changing the subject. Only later did I realize the extent of the attacks & the number of casualties ""160 dead,300 injured.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 10, 2013
B Lab: Helping Companies Not Only Be the Best in the World, But the Best FOR the World Traditional businesses are constrained by the need to put profits rather than the health of society first.B Corps are free to pursue a broader set of objectives-they have the legal protection to create value for society,not just for shareholders,while meeting higher standards of accountability and transparency. We help redefine success in business so all companies can not only be the best in the world but best for the world.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 10, 2016
"Tax Us. Please!" 200 Patriotic Millionaires Beg We've published a short book available at our website, no charge. We have been working with journalists, like you, to get our story out. Fortunately, in the mainstream media apparently everyone believes that all wealthy people are greedy, and only care about their short term pecuniary interests, so it's newsworthy when we are a counterexample. We also do direct lobbying; we had a lobby day about three months ago in DC.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 11, 2017
Pink Power: Sister March, Norfolk, VA I was thrilled to have a chance to experience such unity with my "sistahs" locally and all over the globe. This march felt positively focused, even fun and joyful...the people who initiated this clearly intended for it to be a step forward toward what we want, not a fight against something we didn't want, and that is an important distinction. At the end of the march, people were happy, laughing and clearly inspired!
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 23, 2017
Signs of Sisterhood: Inside the Women's March in Chicago I'm not very political. [But] now that he is elected, I think it's crucial to raise our voices and rise up. There is strength in numbers and this Women's March is proof. We can accomplish so much more when we are united and allies come together. I hope this march will ignite the passion of so many women and other marginalized groups and remind us that this is only the beginning of this effort. The work has only just begun.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Battling Injustice: the BOP and Corrupt Judges Judges don't want to know what happens after they slam the gavel and prison doors.They don't want any scrutiny of what they do and they don't want to scrutinize the actions of their fellow judges.In fact, even when federal judges are caught and prosecuted for their corruption,they have no worries, knowing they will face a fellow judge for sentencing, one who will,at best,administer a slap on the wrist, nothing comparable to
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Clete Wetli: An Alabama Liberal on Mass Incarceration's Steep Price Tag I do believe that politicians and policy makers are finally having a moment of clarity by realizing that our current system is unsustainable, not to mention ridiculously expensive. In Alabama, the media firestorm that has shed light on the abuses at Tutwiler is definitely causing some legislators to change their tune about sentencing reform and prison reform. I think that one of the barriers to change is public perception.
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Recent NSA Ruling Actually REALLY Bad News? When a judge like Leon takes a strong position on the NSA and other judges in other circuits take opposite positions-as they have-that puts the whole issue of NSA domestic data mining and spying on a fast track to the Supreme Court. Today's Court has a majority that has a split personality on individual rights.In policing and national security issues, it sides with state power. We may get a ruling that we will not like.
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Signs of Caring I love orange and pink so I had to use my signature colors... and I think the effect was really solid. Right now, the feeling I think we all need to cultivate is courage. We need to feel strong and solid, grounded in our knowledge, and safe in our homes. It takes courage to keep going in difficult, traumatic situations. If I help a few people feel that way, then I've done something meaningful for my community.
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Bob Koehler on Justice with Healing at Its Core Restorative Justice begins with the notion that justice is about healing rather than punishment. It is a worldwide movement that has been slowly growing, but it comes from the indigenous tradition of sitting in a circle and communing about matters of significance to the community. A circle is non-hierarchical; everyone in it is equal and everyone's presence is vital to the whole. I call this a state of "vibrant equality."
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 31, 2017
The Supporting Role of Breasts I got the idea for writing the book when I found out there were toxic industrial pollutants rising exponentially in American breast milk, and I wrote an article about that for the NY Times Magazine. I never came at it as a breasts-are-titillating topic. It only became a little more engaged with that as the book came out, and all these morning radio shows wanted me on for some laughs (as well as a few moments of sobriety).
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 26, 2013
"Turn Right at the Dancing Cow: A Miracle in Uganda" with John Shimer She was 49 years old when I met her. She was poor, had no wealthy friends, had never lived in Africa, had never run a school, let alone found one and create it from scratch. She knew nothing about fundraising, or non-profit organization and management. But she had the faith of a grain of mustard seed. Over the next four years, she raised money, went back to Africa, cleared jungle, built buildings and she pulled off a miracle.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Pedometers and Other Black Boxes Paul Wellstone wisely said: "If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them." So, we've already seen where easy, fast, and convenient lead. Is that what we want? If not, we need to make better choices; and, we need to act. Now. Bottom line: Use it or lose it. Exercise your democracy!
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The best high school reunion I ever didn't attend Last weekend was my 40th high school reunion.It came and went without me. Not that I ever had any intention of going.The specter of being in a room with scores of people last seen in the corridors of New Trier was scary, rather than enticing,frankly.I've maintained a few stellar friendships from that era.But,I choose not to dwell on that outdated,prehistoric version of myself.I prefer the well worn,but much smarter Me of today
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Best-Selling Author John Lescroart Talks About Latest Book, Prisons, Writing & Friendship One of the truisms I discovered is that the jail's inmates are in many ways a truly invisible population. Nobody spends a lot of time worrying about them, even though the environment is ripe for abuse. If somebody dies in jail, it's probably not going to make headlines. I thought that putting the jail in the center of this book's conflicts would add an unusual and powerful element to what is otherwise a highly domestic story.
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The Happy B*tch: Chatting with Cathi Hanauer CH: I wanted to do another book about this next stage in life for...women who at some point, after the chaos of young children, sat back and asked themselves certain questions: Am I happy? If not, why not? Is something in my life not working, or missing? Is the problem me? I wanted to do a book that reflected the choices a certain kind of woman makes in midlife in order to be happy--or, as the title suggests, happier.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 18, 2011
Husband and Wife Collaborate on "No Secret Where Elephants Walk" We were used to operating solo. And we contemplated that the project could go one of two ways:Either it could be good fun.Or it could lead to the end of a 45 year-old marriage.I think the relationship was preserved because it was VERY clear who had ownership of which part.Of course,when it came time to write the intro to the book,that took us about 106 drafts. Arnie: I think the intro only took 104 drafts but I could be wrong.
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Vehicles for Change: Unload that Clunker and Do Good! Vehicles for Change is a nonprofit organization that repairs and provides donated cars to low income families so they may gain or maintain employment.VFC opened in 1999 awarding three cars to worthy families in Carroll County, MD.Since then,we have awarded more than 3,700 cars and changed the lives of over 10,000 individuals.VFC is the largest and considered by many to be the premier program of its type in the country.
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Chalking It Up to Changes, Connections and Coincidences I had allowed myself to be literally jolted awake by my clock radio spewing bad news. I replaced the clock radio with one that wakes me up by shining a soft intermittent light. Being gently awakened as well as starting the day with good news are great steps toward setting the tone for my day. When I feel powerless about so much, this is a way to assert control over those aspects of my life that I actually can control.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Matthew Hoh with More on Hagel's "Forced Resignation" What we are up against is well organized, well funded and very, very media savvy. Our movement will never be able to match those resources head to head, but we must be aware of the strengths of our opponents and counter or diminish those strengths. We must find the resources to build and sustain organizations capable of operating in the media, in Washington and in local communities. What Occupy tapped into we must follow up on
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Understanding Brexit ....We are going to have to fight even harder to prevent Trump from winning because Trump will be able to paint Hillary as part of the establishment, which she very much has been. The lesson from Brexit is how deep anti-establishment sentiment is right now. People need to take this US election far more seriously than most. Not because Hillary is that good.... because Trump is that dangerous for America and the world.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 19, 2011
Coach from Bath, Maine, on Recent World Finals of Odyssey of the Mind It's an international creative problem-solving program for students from kindergarten through college. It was founded 32 years ago by Dr. Sam Micklus, a university professor in New Jersey. Today, teams from across the US and throughout the world participate each year.Teams are made up of a maximum of seven students.My team took 2nd place at the State Tournament in March in the high school division of the Classics problem.
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Resilience, Hope and Light Amidst the Darkness KK: "The book is really inspired by a Hemingway quote: "The world breaks everyone, and, afterward, some are strong at the broken places." I think that fits every single major character. We all go through betrayal and heartbreak and hardship. What makes some of us persevere and go on to thrive? I'd love for readers to remember that we never know what battles other people we interact with are fighting."
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 13, 2009
Greening America: One Household at a Time - Talking with Susan Agate and Mike Slutsky I teach about ecosystems.The students learn that the biggest threats to ecosystems are habitat destruction &invasive species.Native prairie plants are better for our midwestern environment.I spent some time reading and talking with Mike about the possibility of turning our front yard into a native habitat,and that's what we did.It's been three summers since we had someone plant it,& it looks great.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 1, 2015
How Just is Army Justice? Four months before Lt. Lorance's patrol, an army sergeant had slaughtered sixteen Afghan civilians, mostly women and children, in a village in the same province. I believe the army decided then that the next time civilians were killed by a US soldier, that soldier was going to have to be sacrificed and sent to prison. And having done this to Lt. Lorance, I don't believe the army will ever risk being exposed for this.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 11, 2008
Sneak Preview of "Count My Vote - A Citizen's Guide to Voting" by Steven Rosenfeld There are few people in a better position to write the voter education guide,Count My Vote,which will hit the bookstores later this month.This is a combination sneak preview and interview with its author...While mental health might dictate a more Zen approach to current elections,he has given us actual tools to address some of the barriers that could keep us from voting in the first place.All of us can benefit from reading it.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 29, 2008
Paul Newman: Ice Cream Cones, Salad Dressing, and The Hole in the Wall Gang Extolling the newly departed is an expected part of the life cycle. Eulogies often gloss over major personality flaws and exaggerate good deeds. That's the way the game is played.But Paul Newman really was one of a kind,in the best sense of the phrase.I'm adding my voice to the chorus,celebrating Newman's special blend of genius,generosity and humor.I salute the man whose offstage behavior outshone his formidable talent.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 20, 2014
A Soldier's Story His mother contacted me and I heard the anguish in her voice. I thought of all the mothers who had watched their children go to war, all the mothers who just want what is best for their children. Of my father who was a soldier in WWII.. Of his two good high school friends who were killed on the beaches of Normandy. How I had been spared from going to Vietnam because I won a football scholarship to go to college.
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Big Biz Using Arbitration to Stack Deck, Bypass Court System? Our judicial system is designed to ensure that "the little guy" has fair access to the courts by neutralizing imbalances between parties through procedural and substantive rights like the right to know and rebut evidence through discovery, cross-examination and argument, civil rules of procedure, and an impartial judge who is guided by the substantive law. Arbitration, on the other hand, does none of these things.
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Prof. Recovers From Debilitating Concussion 10 Years Later [Part 2] the bulk of this phenomenal transition back to being a real human being again took place over the course of the first three weeks of my treatment. The brain is a sublime device, well able to reconfigure itself if we can sometimes just jump start it in the right direction. At the end of that first month, I was about 70% restored, and after six months with the puzzles and a couple of years with the glasses,I was fully recovered.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 20, 2008
The Broken Contract Lies Upon My Office Floor, Part 3 with Richard Hayes Phillips This piece is about how close this book came to disappearing into a black hole. It got me thinking about just how much of what is really newsworthy never sees the light of day. Project Censored has been documenting uncovered news for over three decades. Help make sure this story - the theft of the 2004 election - stays in the public eye.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 27, 2010
Kevin Zeese on Karl Rove's Crime Against Democracy and What We Can Do About It We are witnessing a democracy theft right before our eyes & the DoJ, FEC & IRS are doing nothing to stop it, even though each agency could.Rove is leading this effort. Political operatives,like Rove,are misusing the tax laws to create organizations that allow for anonymous and unlimited donations from corporations and the super-rich in order to determine the outcome of the midterm elections in violation of election/tax laws.
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50,000 Turned Out for Austin Women's March It was an extraordinary crowd size. I had been to the Not My President and No DaPL marches in Dallas which drew very small crowds. It was amazing to be with so many people who were mobilized and energized to be heard. [The march] changed my life. I am inspired to resist. It's become a part-time job. We have to work in whatever way we can to push forward the rights of women, targeted groups, families, animals and the planet.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 24, 2008
Playing hooky - a little taste of heaven If you're like me, you harbor this fantasy that the work you do can't possibly survive your absence. Most of us are so overwhelmed by life's many demands on us, we can't step back and see the larger picture. But we know, if we take half a second to think about it, that there is more to life than work. While this is a simple concept, it is often incredibly hard to put it into practice.
George Floyd protesters; signs say 'Stop Racist Cops' and 'Stop Killing Us! I Can't Breathe', From FlickrPhotos
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Dialogs on Racism: First Step There is no doubt that police officers have dangerous jobs, but this view of officers as being at war with the communities that they serve turns every citizen into a potential enemy combatant and every encounter into an acrimonious one. The way that you view a person heavily impacts how you approach and deal with them.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 10, 2010
When Art and Activism Converge: Blank and Jensen on the Making of "The Exonerated" Exonerees attended.The audience jumped to its feet and roared.Actors started weeping.Neither of us imagined how that moment would feel.It was an incredible convergence--art and life,these powerful stories and the people they were based on.It was the most tangible,visceral reminder possible that these stories were real.Aside from our marriage and the birth of our daughter,it was the highest moment of either of our lives.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 3, 2013
Angels Among Us and Dancing Cows in Uganda The students have been so beaten up by life by the time they are 15 years old, they really have lost all hope. Can you imagine what it is like to then learn they have this new opportunity to be reborn with real skills, and real self-sufficiency? Those who make it to graduation day know they have REALLY accomplished something. And so do family and friends, who get gussied up and walk for miles to celebrate graduation.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 7, 2011
Magazine Publisher Moonlights as Urban Beekeeper I wasn't really interested in bees in the beginning. Sure, I love honey and always have. I had an uncle who kept bees and used to give us giant jars of the thick, golden liquid sunshine with the comb when I was a kid. And, after I had been keeping bees for a few years, I found out my dad had kept bees when he was in 4H. So, maybe it is in my DNA.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 7, 2010
David Petrovich, Working to Keep Homeowners In Their Homes Loan servicers drag out the "modification" process as long as possible,then foreclose because they get paid more to do that than modify loans and keep people in their homes. It is in the loan servicer's best, financial self-interest to keep loans in perpetual default. They hit the jackpot when they foreclose.
Investigative Journalist Marcy Wheeler, From MyPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 2, 2016
Feds vs. Apple: What's Really Going On Here? Let's not kid ourselves: Apple is doing this because their business model depends on people being able to trust the security of their smart phones. They're not doing this just to be a good citizen! But on this, Apple is on the right side, yes, and Apple does make more effort to make their devices secure than some other companies. People can best think of this in terms of what thieves could get if they stole your smart phone...
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 16, 2014
"The Meryl Streep of Audiobooks" is Also Miss Rosa on Netflix's 'Orange Is The New Black' An actor's life is fraught with highs and lows, the unexpected, massive disappointment, rejection, and life changing moments of wonder. Just being able to recognize how one is doing and what to do next, given the chance, is a constant, stress making enterprise. But this is what I know. It is what makes me tick. I hope to be able to continue to provide pleasure either on screen, stage, or in a pair of earbuds near you.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 22, 2015
Margie Burns: Clarifying the Second Amendment After the terrible mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary,I was dismayed when even some well-meaning people wrote that laws regulating deadly weapons would be 'unconstitutional'. There seemed a presumption that we are helpless to do anything about deadly violence. I resolved to go through the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights word by word, if necessary. I found that the English in the Bill of Rights is being misconstrued.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 10, 2007
"American Blackout" - a documentary by Ian Inaba "American Blackout" is a sort of real-live "Groundhog Day"–as it documents the sadly cyclical themes that punctuate the history of blacks in America.The end of slavery in this country almost 150 years ago did not bring this issue to a close,and we have been grappling ever since with integrating our darker-skinned fellow citizens with mixed success- most critically in the struggle for the right to vote.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Bob Koehler Reflects on Charleston Church Killings and the Larger Picture We can't face our history squarely because we're still living it. It's only been a relatively short while that people of color everywhere on the planet are acknowledged as fully human...Those who benefit from that domination are still in charge. Among the powers that be, there is zero interest in facing the history of the last 500 years squarely -- of atoning for that history -- and building a different world.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Hospice: Not Just for Patients Anymore I was a professional dancer. When I was in my late twenties, my husband passed away. He received hospice care for his final two months.The hospice nurse arrived to assist us. As we were all crying and holding hands, I looked up at the nurse and saw her smiling. It wasn't a big smile but, a peaceful smile. I remember thinking, how can she do this? Since then, I became interested in how people process and cope with death.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Mona Purdy and the Share Your Soles Foundation In Guatemala, I entered a half-marathon in a small village. The children cheering us on had painted hot tar on their feet instead of wearing shoes because they didn't have anything to protect their feet. Many of the children were having health problems. It was pointed out to me by a traveling orthopedic surgeon that he would not need to travel to the region as much to amputate limbs if they had proper shoes.
A hint of what awaits you!, From FlickrPhotos
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The Shows Must Go On! Free Classic Musicals for 48 Hours Each! Great idea from Universal! Check it out! Welcome to The Shows Must Go On the channel bringing you showtunes, backstage access and full performances from some of the best loved musicals in history!
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 18, 2014
Overturning 'Citizens United': The People 3, Plutocrats 0 This morning we celebrate about the most momentous issue of our generation, repudiating the corrupt Citizens United Supreme Court decision. In CA, Gov. Brown has issued a proclamation allowing the legislature to put the Overturn Citizens United Act on the Nov. ballot which will give the voters an opportunity to speak out on whether the Constitution should now be amended to clarify: money is NOT speech, corporations NOT people.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 31, 2014
Tom English: "Democrats are Stupid if They Don't Vote, Republicans are Stupid if They Do" First thing we gotta do is kick the system into gear. I believe that what happened last Spring in Virginia was a magnificent, exhilarating triumph of the American voting system. Flex your VOTE! My motivation when I was creating this piece of art was to entertain and inspire. It's a Constructivist piece. It's a Public Service Announcement.My government is not doing it's job, so as a Citizen, I am taking it upon myself to do it.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 3, 2012
Filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman's Taking The Abortion Rights Trilogy on the Road What I've done is take the most riveting, informative moments from the trilogy, and created cameo vignettes. These are not "excerpts". Rather, each short piece has a beginning, middle and end. Why now? The escalating restrictions on women's rights send out a clarion call for journalists, documentary filmmakers and all of us to stand up and speak out about the erosion of access, services and funding.
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Live A Life You Love: Conscious Creation Made Simple., From ImagesAttr
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Create Your Reality: Practical Tips The interesting caveat to the LOA is that we can't control how things show up. We can put out a call for something, i.e. abundance, let's say, but we can't control whether we get a raise at work or come into an inheritance or have a brilliant idea that we patent on the side. When we can let go of control, this caveat becomes exciting and fun to discover how the universe can deliver the essence that we put forth.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 28, 2007
Steroids in Baseball and Beyond The whole baseball steroids furor is a wonder to behold. Normally, baseball holds little interest for me. I freely admit that I haven't been to a ballgame in twenty years or more, not counting my son's very brief Little League career. So, I resemble the alien that drops in to observe the local customs. Frankly, I was hoping to capitalize on the tremendous interest this story has sparked.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 12, 2017
Sister Giant: From "Fight or Flight" to "Tend and Mend" "The spontaneous activism we're seeing is really stupendous. Americans have a way of staying asleep to really important matters for far too long, but boy, when we do wake up, we slam it like nobody's business. Someone, so brazenly standing for who we aren't as a nation, is reminding millions of us who we are. And making us willing to take a stand. It's an all-hands-on-deck type of moment, and I just want my hands to help."
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(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 10, 2019
Interview: Marta Steele, Author, Activist and Senior Editor at OpEdNews I was brought up by activist parents, ardent Democrats. Around the dinner table and even during the day, there'd be constant complaints about the status quo and how it must be changed and whose fault it was and "go fight city hall!" I did, vociferously, at college and, of course, joined the "Children's Crusade" and attended rallies and meetings, including the historical Yippie parade in front of the Justice Department in 1968.
Series: Election Integrity (68 Articles, 165206 views), Author/books (41 Articles, 78760 views), Activism (208 Articles, 422639 views) (View All Series)
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 19, 2013
Why We Care About Poop: 2.6 BILLION People Lack Access to a Toilet I always believe you start small. Jewish tradition teaches, if you save one life, you have saved the world. And so I have built Youthaiti by starting in one small village in rural Haiti, and now we are reaching over 20 villages. We teach one person to use a bucket composting toilet, and soon the whole family is using it. We provide a composting toilet for one village, and the next one is ready to use it too.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 13, 2010
Graboys:"Life in the Balance, A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia" The neural pathways are disorganized, like some fantastically complex highway system with overpasses and intersections,on-ramps and exit ramps,all leading nowhere.A thought forms,it gets sent down the pike, only to get lost in some cul-de-sac where it spins like a whirling dervish.Sometimes the thoughts will finally spin out of the cul-de-sac and find expression;often,they simply spin themselves out like a spent whirlwind.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Exposing Huge Hidden Profits of A Non-Profit Hospital, Part Two What we did had to be done, and we were the only people to do it. I did it because I felt compelled to do it, not because I wanted to. No sane person would voluntarily subject themselves or their family to serious criminal charges and years of civil suits if they knew that would be the result of being a whistleblower. When you find yourself in this position,you do what your conscience requires you to do and hope for the best.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Dana Siegelman on Her Petition for Presidential Pardon for Dad When something really horrible happens to you, you have two choices: hide or fight. I have chosen the latter and won't give up until my dad is free and people are educated. Please help me by sharing the petition on CHANGE.org/PARDONdon (Facebook, Twitter, and email).
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 3, 2013
From Teacher to Handyman: Forging A New Career Path As a homeowner of 20+ years and former auto mechanic as well as a tool freak/gearhead, I knew I was capable of fixing and building lots of things. I had done a bit of remodeling and am comfortable with electrical and plumbing. I have an excellent rating on Angie's List and that's been a huge boost. I am enjoying the work and feel really good about this career. I sometimes say "I now have the best boss ever!"
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 27, 2011
Chicago's Stage Left Theatre Presents "An Enemy of the People" Opening March 1 It's about a man who discovers that his town's major tourist attraction could potentially be harming people, and what happens to the community and his standing in it when he realizes that he could save lives or bankrupt his community. It's very much about public opinion, how the majority can be swayed, personal attack versus reasoned discourse and the role of the press in politics. It's a pretty heartbreaking family drama.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 25, 2008
Reflections on My Son's High School Graduation "For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven."-I don't have to close my eyes to hear the Byrds' rendition of this classic from my youth.For my family,this is a season of milestones""one of which is Michael's imminent graduation from high school. It's definitely time to kvell(a tremendously useful & juicy Yiddish word which means to swell with pride over the accomplishments of your near and dear).
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Focus on New Orleans: Time Out with Jermaine Wiltz AKA Coach J Currently,there are 17 young men who are in Division 1 programs around the country.What's amazing to me is they all come back and have begun to mentor the younger kids.It's funny to listen to them say the exact same things I'd tell them. Shantel whose son was coached by J says,"To this day, I'm blessed.My son hasn't been in jail; he hasn't been in trouble. I'm thankful. Thank God for Coach J. We could use many more like him."
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 13, 2008
Election 2008: Spotlight on Banana Republic/Broward County, Florida Ellen Brodsky was arrested today and taken away to the Broward County Jail.No one has heard from her and it's been over 3 hours since she was arrested.Following is an account of what happened as witnessed by Maida Genser,the woman who was with Ellen when she was arrested.Poor Ellen -- this is outrageous -- these people are out of control, and this sounds like an oppressive third world country.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 12, 2012
Deb Baker as Hannah Reed on Bees, Books and Murder I have to really like and respect my protagonist. I created a strong, determined young woman, who owns a small town Wisconsin grocery store, and is surrounded by family members and former classmates - some likable, some not so. The name of Story's store and the placement of honey products on the shelves fit naturally. It's been fun to introduce and educate the fictitious locals (and my readers) to the world of honeybees.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Who Will Be The Next US Senator To Hear The American People On Reversing Citizens United? We got filibuster reform because you spoke out. Ultimately, just our own system helped to facilitate 30,000 constituent messages on that one. We stopped another vain Middle East war (in Syria) because you spoke out. We stopped fast track for the so-called Trans Pacific Partnership. The Senate intelligence committee just released the torture report, another one of our actions. And these are just a couple of recent examples.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 3, 2015
Music+Movement+Mantras=Magic: Shrink Session Sweat Therapy The truth is that we are using 'mantras' all the time: while we exercise and while we move through life. It isn't always a positive one. We have phrases and things that we repeat to ourselves all the time. It's just that more often than not, they are not the most supportive and loving phrases. So in this case, with my workout, we are CHOOSING them, so that you can develop the most loving, supportive voice possible.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 2, 2009
Greening America: Talking with Mindful Metropolis Publisher/CEO Richard McGinnis Mindful Metropolis hatched out of the ashes of Conscious Choice Magazine in April of this year.We bring together communities throughout the Chicago metropolitan and surrounding areas with fresh ways to “be” in a cohesive, high social impact and sustainable environment. We promote businesses, non-profits, local organizations and educational institutions which inspire individuals to act.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Sights, Scents and Stories from a Spice Emporium When we first opened our shop in 1957, we sold coffee, tea, nuts, and spices. I worked there for my allowance from the time I was 8, so I was able to be a part of our learning and growing process. We're still grinding in-house and mixing by hand small batches of our seasonings, which are formulated from old family recipes. Sharing top quality products with the customers that appreciate them is a wonderful daily experience.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 19, 2020
Alone but Together: Italians Singing Solos on Balconies and More What I have observed is a lot of people are seeing beyond the immediate moment to a larger reality. Dangerous as the possibility of pandemic is, the fact that everyone is facing it in essentially the same way, in isolation, and the fact that EVERYONE needs to be made safe from it or no one can be safe, is an extraordinary learning experience -- for the whole planet.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 30, 2009
Talking with Eric Lotke, Author of "2044:The Problem isn't Big Brother. It's Big Brother, Inc." 2044 starts where George Orwell's 1984 left off. 1984 is about Big Brother and the leviathan government. But history didn't turn out that way. The government didn't take over. It got taken over.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 20, 2012
Can we stop those nukes? Wasserman says: You betcha! Once again, the future is in our hands. After nearly 40 years of fighting this industry, I see it on the brink of a much-deserved, can't-come-soon-enough death. If we can stop these guarantees and begin shutting old reactors, we will move ahead very rapidly. The cost curves of solar vs. nuclear have crossed, with solar going in the right direction and nukes the opposite.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Ann Jones, Author of "Kabul in Winter," Talks with OpEdNews What do our troops do? They stir up local Taliban, recruiting new "enemies" wherever they go.They apply one-size-fits-all theories considered a "success" in Iraq" to Afghanistan, a country utterly different and unreceptive. They spend huge bundles of money on so-called "development" projects. Many have concluded that it was never our intention to help them, but merely to set up permanent military bases--as we are in fact doing
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Todd Gitlin: Despite Trump's Mega Press Coverage, Much Still Untold As for whether the GOP will deny the nomination to Trump, I'm almost certain they won't. To do so, they'd have to agree on a Plan B. Who would that be? They could no more easily settle on a replacement than they could settle on a nominee who wasn't Trump in the first place. As for excitements, it's a safe bet, but if I knew which they'd be, I'd already have placed my bets. Expect the unexpected.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 11, 2015
Exhausted? Read "Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time" [Part 1] I was always so stressed out and preoccupied, that I didn't feel like I was really living INSIDE my life, but rather, on the sidelines, watching it careen past. I thought maybe it was just me, that I was disorganized or neurotic. But I also didn't think it could change...How this whole book started: With a challenge, a dare, a mystery, pent-up rage, deep sadness, exhaustion and a real yearning for something different.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 17, 2016
Coloring: Not Strictly Kids Play Any More! I had so many tragedies to deal with in my life - the suicide of a close friend, losing my parents in a plane crash, the death of my husband when I was expecting my third child, breast cancer - I was so alone and felt so isolated....I've been a grief counseling now for more than 20 years. I tried to take the most important things that I've learned, the important things to focus upon, and incorporate them into my book.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 28, 2011
Marlene Targ Brill on "Anne Shapiro and the Clothing Workers' Strike" I couldn't help think about connections between my book and today's events. People forget why unions were needed and organized. They are short-sighted to think all workplace ills have been solved, and now the problem comes down to dollars and cents. I still hear how awfully my teacher friends are treated and how decisions from higher-ups damage education for students.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wall Street, the Great Depression, and the Power of Stories We as individuals often find ourselves powerless in the face of larger forces – the economy,war, politics,ill health,bureaucracy, governmental indifference,or extreme weather conditions. What makes all the difference is how we meet these challenges.No matter what happens with Paulson's proposal,we as a nation face an uncertain future.We will have to reach inside ourselves for strength. Mary Jane's mother provides a role model
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 13, 2008
Election 2008: Spotlight on Minnesota In terms of getting to the bottom of this senate race and determining who will be the ultimate victor, we're fortunate that this close contest happened in Minnesota. In a few weeks, we'll know a lot more about the fitness of this system of electronic optical scanners and the integrity of our vote, at least in Minnesota.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 22, 2013