Corporate Domination

 

Background Info and Links


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Stop Fast Track


Fact Sheet on Fast Track Bill - Being used to side-step the Constitution while it crams TPP down our throats.


Capital In The Twenty-First Century - Thomas Piketty. 6 of the 10 wealthiest Americans are heirs. The next generation will be close to 10 of 10. He calls it ‘patrimonial capitalism.’ I call it plutocracy. Either way, it’s not democracy.

Here’s a good short summarization by PNHP. Karl Marx was right: The motivating force of capitalism is the exploitation of labor, whose unpaid work is the source of profit. The employer can claim rights to profit mainly through property rights enforced by the capitalist state. Without government intervention, wealth tends to concentrate towards the top creating greater and greater disparity between the classes. It is not hyperbole, but just a simple fact, that we are currently in the new Gilded Age/Belle Epoque, with wealth disparities that have not been seen since pre-WWI and Here. And as Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers put it: “The plutocrats fund the only two parties allowed to run for office and the people are manipulated by fear to vote against their interests in a mirage democracy of rigged elections.”


4/18/14


Popular Resistance: New Network for Social Justice Unionism Seeks to Change the Labor Movement


4/17/14


AlterNet: Thom Hartmann: How America Killed Its Middle Class


4/16/14


Counter Punch: The Dubious Authority of the Whore Court - Very dubious. “To “respect” authority in the abuse of its power is to align oneself with and further enable that same abuse.” And to become complicit in its crime.


4/15/14


Common Dreams: Matt Taibbi: Why Corporate Criminals Don’t Pay and Democracy-NOW - An interesting short video lays it out. A kid with a joint in his pocket gets 47 days on Rikers Island. 1 oz. of coke will put you in jail for years; and more will put you in jail for life. But openly, blatantly and repeatedly help HSBC launder $ Millions in Mexican drug money? A fine of 5 weeks profit and the perps go to sleep in their own bed at night. JPMorgan rigging energy prices, boston whaling, and illegal mortgage fraud? 1 Qtr’s profit and home they go. What this kind of unequal justice ignores: 1. The individuals at the bank who participated could easily be prosecuted. 2. After the first offense, the banks could be made smaller so that next time it wouldn’t “threaten the financial industry” to prosecute them and 3. It morally unconscionable to have a two tier justice system, unless of course one is a sociopath.


AlterNet: Why The Rich Pay A Much Lower Tax Rate Than We Do


Common Dreams: Here’s One More Thing You Won’t See on MSNBC


4/14/14


Bill Moyers: Can’t We Just Say The Robert’s Court is Corrupt? - In which a disillusioned ex-Republican advisor concludes what I’ve been saying for years. We no longer have a Supreme Court, it should now be called the Whore Court.


Common Dreams: First Ever Scientific Study of the Question: Is The US A Democracy?: Nope - It’s an oligarchy. “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” I would say plutocracy. A study in the Political Research Quarterly corroborates that conclusion. Democrats were actually less responsive to low income Americans and more responsive to the wealthy than Republicans.


NYTimes: Executive Pay Continues To Skyrocket - Time for a progressive income tax.


NYTimes: Citigroup Profits Exceed Forecasts


4/12/14


Popular Resistance: How to Start A Workers’ Co-operative


4/11/14


NYTimes: Franken’s Campaign Against Comcast - “We’ve got the biggest cable provider and biggest Internet provider, in Comcast, buying the second-biggest cable provider and third-largest Internet provider, and I’m very worried that will create a company that’s too big,” Mr. Franken said in the interview. “They’re going to use their position to leverage higher cable prices and to dictate a lot of things that will make for fewer choices, and their service will be even worse.” See entries of 2/13, 2/6.


4/10/14


Bill Moyers: From Occupy to City Hall: Meet the Woman Leading the Fight for $15 In Seattle


Halifax Media Co-op: Tactical Police Plan For Raid on Occupy - Once again government coordinates with corporate interests to stifle peaceful and legal protest. See entry of 2/13 for all the links.


4/6/14


AlterNet: 8 Facts The Three and Five Letter Networks Refuse to Talk About -

  1. 1. US Wealth Up $34 Trillion since recession, 93% of us got nothing.

  2. 2.8 Americans made more than 3.6 million minimum wage workers.

  3. 3.News sources speak only for the top 5%.

  4. 4.TV news gets dumbed down for Americans.

  5. 5.Top news execs are almost all white, male boomers who owe $trillions to society. The ‘self-made-man’ shit is a fantasy.

  6. 6.US funding for schools and pensions plummets as corporations cease paying taxes.

  7. 7.Most large corporations in the US pay no taxes here.

  8. 8. Restaurant servers have been without a raise for 30 years.

Revolution anyone?


4/5/14


FreeLancersUnion: The Quiet Revolution Is Here.


AlterNet: McCutcheon Is Our Rallying Cry - “The plutocrats fund the only two parties allowed to run for office and the people are manipulated by fear to vote against their interests in a mirage democracy of rigged elections.”


4/4/14


NYTimes: Corporate Profits Highest in 85 Years, Wages Lowest in 65


4/3/14


Democracy-NOW: Sen. Bernie Sanders Reacts to McCutcheon Decision - This decision only gives free speech to those who want to contribute over $125,000 (the previous limit). Freedom of Speech for Billionaires. Around 100 people nationwide, such as the Koch Bros. who are worth around $80 Billion. These people can now purchase whatever government they want. Nobody else counts in the political process anymore. This law is going to help these 100 or so people destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Welfare, EPA regulations, the Dept. of Education, etc.


AlterNet: Arm Yourself. Read Breyers’ Dissent to the McCutcheon Decision - This short article contains the hightlights and a link to the entire decision, in which the dissent begins on page 52.


4/2/14


NYTimes: Whore Court Strikes Down All Contribution Limits - All in the name of “free speech.” What a joke. The Koch Bros. have free speech, but nobody else.


UK Guardian: I Stood Up To The Supreme Court. It Just Struck Down Democracy. What Now? - Positions on both sides are becoming hardened. A recipe for insurrection.


Truth Out: Homeland Security Study Praises Occupy Sandy


4/1/14


Common Dreams: Moody’s: Corporations Hoarding $1 Trillion Overseas


3/31/14


Common Dreams: World Bank Accused of Destroying Traditional Farming in Favor of Corporate Land Grabs


3/28/14


International Business Times: For the First Time, Walmart Admits Its Dependance on Food Stamps, and ‘Other Public Assistance Programs’ As Essential To Its Bottom Line - Why pay your labor a living wage, when the US taxpayers are happy to chip in, in order to bolster your profits?


The Villager: Occupy Protestor Who Was Groped By NYPD Goes on Trial - NY no longer has a police department or court system. They have been transformed into one big security detail for Wall St. Banks, ever since 2010 when JP Morgan donated $4.6 Million to the New York Police Foundation. The whoring court system becomes complicit by denying her lawyer access to the offending police officer’s performance record.


3/25/14


Common Dreams: Hobby Lobby and the Profoundly Dangerous Precedent for Women’s Rights - This company wants to deny certain forms of women’s health care, because it is against the beliefs of the store owners. The Whore Court will decide as it always does, in favor of the corporations over the people. Next they’ll want to deny family planning education and all forms of birth control. Then they’ll tell their employees that they just need to practice abstinence. Then it’ll be liver scans for all of us ‘no good alcoholics’ and lung x-rays for all of us that continue to smoke, and on and on - you get the picture. Check out this short video. Oh, btw, this wouldn’t be happening with Single Payer - so it’s just one more little gift to the people from the Rethugs and the Dems.


Truth Out: Half of America In or Near Poverty


Bill Moyers: Have We Forgotten the Lessons of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire?


3/24/14


Denver Post: Occupy Protestors Gather Outside Home of CEO of Anti-Homeless League


The Atlantic: Hiding the Poor: Cities With the Most Segregated Poor - From 1970 to 2009, the proportion of poor families living in poor neighborhoods has more than doubled. Total class warfare. Poor neighborhoods face not only a lack of economic resources, but higher crime rates, higher dropout rates, higher rates of infant mortality and chronic disease, shorter lifespans, lack of access to jobs and job networks, poorer quality schools, stigmatization, ‘moral cynicism,’ and a multigenerational cycle of decline. Other trends from 1970 to 2009? More regressive taxation, offshoring of skilled labor, declining national expenditures for public schools, infrastructure, public transportation, increasing costs of post-secondary education and health care. The 1% are winning.


3/21/14


Houston Mint Press: FBI Continues to Withhold Info on Occupy Assassination Plots


Counter Punch: The NAFTA Scorecard - It’s a lose-lose-lose for working people in US, Canada and Mexico.


Albany, NY Times Union: Protestors Arrested Amid State Budget Talks


Common Dreams: Students and Faculty Occupy University of Southern Maine


3/20/14


AlterNet: More Americans Killed By Police Than By Terrorists


3/19/14


Alternet: Populism Is Growing - We are in the early stages of the birth of a people’s mass movement. The comments on this article are also interesting. I’m reminded of a 2010 article by the director of Academy Award winning documentary ‘Inside Job.’ While the American people should be organizing in support of income equality, a progressive tax structure, campaign finance reform, universal healthcare, public affordable post-secondary education, rebuilding physical infrastructure, keeping broadband infrastructure at least equal to that of the rest of the world, banking reform and making banks and banksters accountable for their actions, instead the two party system keeps us fighting over abortion, gay marriage, gun control. From an economic point of view, full employment (generally accepted to be 4.5% unemployment - mostly people between jobs) puts upward pressure on wages, which narrows corporate profit margins. It also gives labor more power in the marketplace and in politics. For this reason, the 1% want to keep unemployment as high as possible for as long as possible.


3/18/14


Maine Green Party: 2014 Brings Most Green Candidates Since 2004


3/14/14


Occupy: 2013 Wall Street Bonuses Exceeded All Minimum Wage Workers’ Pay Combined


3/7/14


Popular Resistance: Capitalism’s End Game


2/24/14


Free Press: Why The Comcast-Netflix Deal Should Worry All Americans - Seen entries of 2/6, 2/13, 2/19, 2/20.


2/21/14


Bill Moyers: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight - Best 26 min. video ever.


Bill Moyers: Resisting the Neoliberal Revolution - Bill Moyers’ follow-on interview to Deep State.


Democracy-NOW: Silencing the Scientist Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta - For more on this issue, rent the film ‘Flow: For The Love of Water.’


2/20/14


NYTimes: Comcast’s Web of Lobbying - ‘World War III’ begins. See entry of 2/19.


HuffPo: Boeing Paid No Federal Tax For 2013 - Received $82 Million refund on profits of $5.9 Billion.


2/19/14


NYTimes: FCC Seeks A New Path On Net Neutrality Rules - I certainly commend the FCC for trying, but the power still lies with Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. Michael Powell, current head of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (and son of former Sec. of State Colin Powell), has stated that if the FCC does this, it will mean “World War III.” The NCTA wields enormous political power through its flagrant use of campaign donations and gifts to politicians. The next step will be for it to attempt to choke off all funding for FCC enforcement, while it fights each FCC investigation and ruling. ISPs are utilities and should be regulated as such. In other countries it works that way and their citizens pay about 1/5 what we do for 20X better/faster service.


NBC News: Why Taxpayers Will Bail Out The Rich When the Next Storm Hits


2/17/14


Republic Report: Obama Admin’s TPP Trade Officials Received Hefty Bonuses From Big Banks and RT News


2/15/14


Popular Resistance: Strategy for Deglobalization


2/13/14


Reality Check: Why the Campaign Against Conservative Judicial Nominees Like Michael Boggs Matters - Bottom line: A Dem chairman (Patrick Leahy) of the Dem-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee clings to the old tradition of allowing home-state senators to black ball judicial nominees, despite the recent ‘victory’ the Dems claimed in overturning parts of the filibuster rule - specifically the part that allows an up or down vote of judicial nominee. Put another way, old tradition is more important to the Dems than women’s reproductive rights. And yet there are still those that cling to the notion that there’s a difference in the two major parties.


UK Guardian: Comcast Takeover of Time Warner Will ‘Throttle Choice on the Web’


HuffPo: This Is What the Comcast-Time Warner Deal Does To Cable TV


NYTimes: For Comcast, Daring Deals To Expand Its Reach - Further consolidation in the broadband industry can only be bad for consumers. This makes the recent Fresh Air interview even more timely - and it deserves another listen. See entry below of 2/6. The divide between Americans who can afford large bandwidth and those who can’t gets even larger. The divide between America and other countries who provide it as a public service also grows wider. We are moving into a dark age with respect to online information.


Popular Resistance: American Petroleum Institute Spies on Environmentalists - Just another in the long list of ongoing instances where corporate Amerika in coordination with the Obama Admin and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here has significantly ramped up their spying activities and their collusion and violated the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans, preemptively beating them, even training snipers on them, bringing down overbearing force on those who would reveal these acts, and throwing them in jail before any protest activities have even begun.


2/11/14


Council of Canadians: Legislators From Seven Countries Call For Release of TPP Text


2/10/14


Salon: “To Get To The Gold, They Will Have to Kill Every One of Us.” - If you’ve ever seen the movie Avatar, it was about this country (Ecuador) and this struggle.


Think Progress: Occupy Activist Charged with Elbowing Policeman Who Was Groping Her From Behind, And Then Beat Her Unconscious Faces 7 Years In Prison


Common Dreams: How Entitlements For the Rich Cheat the Rest of Us


Truthdig: Robert Reich: Why What’s Bad for Main Street Is What’s Good For Wall Street


2/9/14


RevNews: Madrid Demonstration Against State Repression Leads to More State Repression


HuffPo: Beef Recall: Rancho Feedlots Recalls A Year’s Worth of Beef


2/7/14


Alternet: People-Powered Media Mobilizes Masses While Mass Media Remains Silent - Contains a great run down of alternate media sites.


2/6/14


Common Dreams: As TPP Opposition Soars, Mainstream Media Blackout Deafening - See entry of 1/29, below. And isn’t that a true testament to the power of the people and independent media? Both TPP and TPA (Fast Track) may be dead even though the corporate media did its best to keep it quiet and slip it past the American public.


Fresh Air: When It Comes to High-Speed Internet, the US Is Falling Way Behind - A clear and concise explanation of the recent DC Appeals Court decision that allows large carriers, like Verizon, to slow down and even block sites they don’t want you to see. The large carriers are now basic monopolies and are not adopting the latest technology for quickly moving large amounts of information. As a result not only are we on the verge of being restricted in content that we can receive, even that content will be delivered slowly and at greater cost relative to other countries, like S. Korea, that have adopted new innovation.


2/5/14


Washington Post: A Rare Look Inside the Koch Political Empire


2/2/14


Forward Progressives: Meet The Employee-Owned That Could Eventually Take Down WalMart


2/1/14


NYTimes: Law Doesn’t End Revolving Door on Capital Hill - Both major parties are now completely and totally corrupt criminal enterprises.


1/31/14


APTN: Keystone XL ‘Black Snake’ Pipeline to Face ‘Epic’ Opposition From Native American Alliance


Common Dreams: An Austerity Storm Hammers Georgia


1/29/14


DC Media Group: State of the Union Protest: “NAFTA on Steroids” TPP No Solution to Wealth Inequality


1/28/14


Counter Punch: SOTU: Obama Discovers Income Inequality


NYTimes: Capitalism vs Democracy - New book, called by the World Bank’s head of research “one of the watershed books in economic thinking,” states that capitalism undermines democracy by creating wide disparities in income and class. Contrary to current thinking, ‘the free market liberated from the distorting effects of government intervention’ is the enemy of the people.


HuffPo: W Va Chemical Spill Worse Than Initially Reported


1/27/14


Shareable.Net: Cooperatives May Increase Worker Life Expectancy


1/26/14


Truthdig: America’s Biggest Crisis: The Economy is Rigged for the Wealthiest


1/25/14


NYTimes: The Koch Party


Politico: Koch World 2014


1/20/14


Common Dreams: The Global Elite: Rigging the Rules That Fuel Inequality - New report from Oxfam states that 85 of the world’s richest people own the wealth of half the world’s population.


International Society for Ecology and Culture: Davos: Peeling Back the Veneer - “A platform for human rights abusers, political racketeers, property thieves, and international environmental criminals”


1/19/14


Counter Punch: Remembering the Officially Deleted Dr. King


NYTimes: A Loophole Allows Lawmakers to Reel in Trips and Donations


1/15/14


Counter Punch: TPP and the Chamber of Horrors - NAFTA on Steroids


Popular Resistance: Environmental TPP Chapter Leaked and Common Dreams


1/14/14


Reuters: US Appeals Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality - Verizon strikes again.


Esquire: Today, A Federal Appeals Court Killed Free Speech on the Internet


1/13/14


Common Dreams: Whore Court Sides With Monsanto Again


1/12/14


Truth Out: The Political Economy of Predatory Capitalism


Counter Punch: Obama’s Corporate Plantations


Common Dreams: Four Days On, Chemical Spill Consuming W. Virginia


NBC News: Report: Millions of Women At Risk For Falling Into Poverty, Economic Ruin - Low-income, working women are affected disproportionately by economic downturn.


1/9/14


Truthdig: After 20 Years, NAFTA Leaves Mexico’s Economy in Ruins - America’s mono-culture, subsidized corn hit the Mexican market, driving millions of small farmers - along with their heirloom seeds - out of business and off the farm. US corps opened low-wage factories at the expense of unions and the environment. This drove waves of immigration north. Corporate profits soared. The US lost a net 1 million factory jobs to Mexico, and ran up a $181 Billion trade deficit with Canada and Mexico. $360 Million has been paid to multi-national corporations in the form of  “investor-state” tribunal attacks and $12.4 Billion is pending under such claims. And you think NAFTA’s bad? Just wait till Obama gets TPP ‘fast-tracked.’


Reuters: US Lawmakers Propose Fast-Track For TPP - No sooner said than done. What the people want is not even a consideration.


Common Dreams: Noam Chomsky: US Domestic Policy In Two Words: ‘Pure Savagery’ - Cuts to food stamps and jobless benefits are examples of the neo-liberal assault on the America People.


1/7/14


NYTimes: Stealing J. Edgar Hoover’s Secrets - An historical video account of a 1971 incident wherein several anti-war activists broke into an FBI office and stole a trove of documents that described COINTELPRO, how the FBI was spying on Americans, infiltrating the anti-war left, disrupting its activities, blackmailing and using violence against, and preemptively arresting student leaders on trumped up charges, and how the FBI coordinated letter carriers, local police, campus security officers and switchboard operators into a nationwide, illegal spying operation. Back then it was front page news and caused intense citizen backlash. The Nixon administration contacted the media and requested they not publish because it would ‘threaten national security’ and ‘endanger lives.’ Sound familiar? The media paid no attention and published the complete story. Today the exact same thing goes on and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here, but the media does exactly what the Bush/Obama administrations tell it to do, and Americans apparently could not care less. What’s amazing is how little the average American citizen cares about the Constitution today compared to how much they cared in 1971. Back then there were so many anti-war activists that the burglars - whose descriptions were known - could melt into a much larger group. Not so today.


Open Secrets: A Cartological Guide to the Koch Network


Common Dreams: Study: Polarization and Gridlock Work Well for the Very Wealthy


1/6/14


Popular Resistance: Polls Show That A Supermajority of Americans Stand Behind Occupy and the Green Party’s “15 Core Issues” and Here


1/5/14


RT News: 900 Wealthiest Americans Exempted From Paying Into Social Security after Jan. 2nd - Remove this ‘cap’ and Social Security will be completely funded for as long as any reasonable prediction can be made.


Washington Post: Koch-Backed Political Network, Designed to Shield Donors, Raises $400 Million in 2012


1/4/14


NYTimes: Mapping Poverty in America


1/2/14


Eugene Weekly: Secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Revealed - Congressmen can look at the document but they have to make an appointment, have no staff present, take no notes on what they find and they cannot talk about the contents of the document to anyone else. Any bill with those rules can’t be good. And do I need to even mention that this flies directly in the face of Obama’s pledges to open up the political process? A good, 8 paragraph article that covers the basic evils of this trade pact.


12/29/13


Truthdig: Chris Hedges: Overthrow the Speculators - How state banks, owned by the people, could undermine Wall Street’s domination of our economy and society.


12/28/13


Initiative for Policy Dialogue: World Protests 2006 - 2013 and A Similar Study by Foreign Policy Institute - Findings: There has been a rapid rise in global protests, compared to the last 30 years. These protests revolve around 6 major issues: economic injustice, opposition to austerity, failure of the political process, injustice of global trade, the rights of people, and unaddressed climate change. The failure of those in power to address these issues will inevitably result in more protests and more intense protests.


12/27/13


NYTimes: Benefits Ending for One Million Unemployed - Approved by both Democrats and Republicans. They just ‘couldn’t find the money.’ I guess they didn’t look at the Pentagon, the Bush tax cuts for the rich, the tax credits retained by the oil industry, etc etc.


NYTimes: Academics Who Defend Wall Street Reap Reward


12/23/13


Public Citizen: NAFTA At 20 - 20 years after all the promises what has been the real result? $181 Billion US trade deficit with NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico, one million net US jobs lost, a doubling of immigration to US from Mexico, larger agricultural trade deficits, $360 Million + paid to corporations after “investor-state” tribunal attacks (where corporations challenge local laws against toxic-waste bans, land and water use rules, environmental regulations and then demand compensation) on, and rollbacks of, domestic public interest policies. More than $12.4 Billion is pending under such claims. TPP is only going to multiply these effects.


12/17/13


Counter Punch: The Budget Deal of December 2013 - “The Ryan-Murray deal clearly promotes the interests of defense corporations, the Pentagon, and the wealthy—at the direct expense of millions of US government workers, millions more unemployed, veterans, retirees, and tens of millions of Americans on food stamps.” The sequester continues as do higher taxes for workers, the $4 Trillion tax cut for the top 1%. But defense spending continues to rise. Clearly, neither Republicans nor Democrats ever had any intention of cutting defense spending despite their lip service leading up to the 3/1/13 sequester passage. No Difference.


CSR: Canadian Court Orders Enforcement Actions Proceed Against Chevron in Ecuador Pollution Case - See the movie “Crude” for background.


12/15/13


MoJo: Budget Deal A Big Win For Pentagon - We got sequestration. But the quid pro quo for that - reduction in military spending - didn’t happen. Pentagon budget up 4.4%. And this does not count the ‘supplemental funding’ for the Iraq and Afghan wars. This has been advertised as a bipartisan rescue of the budget process, agreed to by both Rs and Ds. Difference? Nope.


12/13/13


Open Secrets: Sen. Patty Murray’s (D-WA) Budget Deal A Boon for Her Strongest Supporter: Boeing


RT News: China Rejects 5th US Corn Shipment in a Month, Citing GMOs


12/12/13


Common Dreams: Bill Moyers: The Great American Class War


FireDogLake: Hillary Clinton Pledges Allegiance to Wall Street Along With Democrats in Perpetuity - No surprise here. Just lettin’ you know. Difference?


12/11/13


Common Dreams: ‘Dumb’ & ‘Cruel’: Budget Deal Attacks America’s Most Vulnerable


12/10/13


Green Shadow Cabinet: The People’s Budget Goes to Washington - What does it say when it takes the Green Party to hold the Democrats’ feet to the fire to support a bill that the Democrats first introduced back in 2011?


12/9/13


Truth Out: Why Can’t We Access the Fed’s QE Free Money? - $85 Billion is created every month by the Fed’s QE policy. By ‘law’ it can’t be used to invest in small business or create jobs. Where does it go? To a little club that you and I don’t belong to. But here’s a bigger club that’s working for you and I. Obama and the Rs and Ds in Congress continue to march in the wrong direction.


12/8/13


HuffPo: US The Most Unequal Of All Advanced Economies - Harriet Tubman: “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they had known they were slaves.” Credit Suisse study of developed nations: In the developed countries other than the US, the bottom 90% own 40% of private wealth. In the US? 24.6%.


12/5/13


UK Guardian: State Conservative Groups Plan US-Wide Assault on Education, Health, Tax


12/2/13


Bangor Daily News: Republican Governor Wants to Repeal Child Labor Laws - Right wing kooks’ ultimate fantasies take shape.


11/28/13


NYTimes: On Register’s Other Side, Little to Spend


11/25/13


Common Dreams: Iraqi War Surplus Being Used to Militarizing Us Police State


ProPublica: New Tax Return Shows Karl Rove Lied - This is news?


11/21/13


Common Dreams: Corporate Espionage and the Secret War Against Citizen Activism and Counter Punch - Highlighting a new report by the Center for Corporate Policy entitled “Spooky Business.” Today’s ‘Pinkerton thugs’ are mostly ex-law enforcement, ex-military, CIA, NSA, FBI funded by the biggest corporations on the planet that operate private sector spy agencies. Much of the current day snooping done by the NSA, CIA, FBI is now outsourced to these same corporations. Together with what we already know about how the White House and the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy with Wall Street banks, this amounts to totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent.


Popular Resistence: 250 Protestors Greet Obama, Reid and Pelosi at TPP Fundraiser - Flush TPP


11/20/13


The Nation: Inequality is Killing Americans


11/15/13


Popular Resistance: Jeremy Hammond: America’s Latest Political Prisoner - Sentenced to 10 years in jail for exposing the cooperation between private corporations and the federal government in order to stifle dissent and defeat movements.


11/14/13


Democracy-NOW: TPP Exposed: Wikileaks Publishes Secret Trade Text to Rewrite Copyright Laws, Limit Internet Freedom


11/13/13


Popular Resistance: FLUSH the TPP! Visibility Actions Shine Light On Secret Corporate Coup - 13 Light Brigades! This is a very big crack in the R & D Establishment and the people (those of the people and by the people, people) are sticking a great big crow bar in it and jumping on it with both feet. Obama’s Dirty Little Secret is Exposed. First reported here 6/14/12, thank you very much.


11/12/13


WikiLeaks: Leaked Chapter of TPP - This is a naked attempt by large corporations to circumvent criminal and civil statutes, environmental and labor regulations.


Popular Resistance: 5 Scary Provisions In The TPP Release


NYTimes: Boardrooms Rethink Tactics to Defang Activists - In the boardrooms, they’re beginning to hear the windows and doors rattle.


11/8/13


Democracy-NOW: NYC Mayor-Elect: “We Are Living in the World Occupy Made”


11/5/13


NJ.Com: NJ Voters Approve Constitutional Amendment Raising Minimum Wage - 61% of the vote, to raise from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour with future raises tied to inflation.


NYTimes: EU Predicts Anemic Growth and High Unemployment in 2014 - Yep, that austerity policy is goin’ great!


11/4/13


UK Guardian: The Great Austerity Shell Game, How the Capitalist Scam Works


11/3/13


NYTimes: Koch Group Has Ambitions in Small Races


11/1/13


Bill Moyers: Secrets of TPP - A ‘trade agreement’ being negotiated but with only corporate representation doing the negotiating. But it’s not clear whom they’re negotiating with. Everyone else is locked out. Are they just deciding how to slice up the pie? Obama is involved, but he’s apparently the only politician allowed to sit in. Congresspeople who have asked for details have all been told to go fly a kite. For more details, search this section for “TPP”.


ProPublica: Everything That’s Happened Since the Whore Court Struck Down the Voting Rights Act


10/30/13


Yahoo: NYC Police Commissioner Kelly Booed Off Stage


HuffPo: Democrats Protest $5 Billion Food Stamp Cut They Voted For - But no cuts for the Pentagon and no taxes for the 1%. Whatever happened to the People’s Budget?


10/29/13


Popular Resistance: Homeowner’s Storm Sen. Johnny Isakson’s Office


10/28/13


Chris Hedges: Our Invisible Revolution - “Did you ever ask yourself: How is it the government and capitalism continue to exist in spite of all the evil and corruption they have caused?” “An increasing number of American people now know that we have been stripped of political power. They recognize that we have been shorn of our most basic and cherished civil liberties, and live under the gaze of the most intrusive security and surveillance apparatus in human history. Half the country lives in poverty. Many of the rest of us, if the corporate state is not overthrown, will join them. These truths are no longer hidden.” “Popular revulsion for the ruling elite is nearly universal.” “...it is certain now that a popular revolt is coming. The refusal by the corporate state to address even the minimal grievances of the citizenry, along with the abject failure to remedy the mounting state repression, the chronic unemployment and underemployment, the massive debt peonage that is crippling more than half of Americans, and the loss of hope and widespread despair, means that blowback is inevitable.” “Once ideas shift for a large portion of a population, once the vision of a new society grips the popular imagination, the old regime is finished.”


“I prefer the piecemeal and incremental reforms of a functioning democracy. I prefer a system in which our social institutions permit the citizenry to nonviolently dismiss those in authority. I prefer a system in which institutions are independent and not captive to corporate power. But we do not live in such a system. ... Ruling elites, once the ideas that justify their existence are dead, resort to force. It is their final clutch at power. If a nonviolent popular movement is able to ideologically disarm the bureaucrats, civil servants and police—to get them, in essence, to defect—nonviolent revolution is possible. But if the state can organize effective and prolonged violence against dissent, it spawns reactive revolutionary violence, or what the state calls terrorism. Violent revolutions usually give rise to revolutionaries as ruthless as their adversaries.”


“Corporations, freed from all laws, government regulations and internal constraints, are stealing as much as they can, as fast as they can, on the way down. The managers of corporations no longer care about the effects of their pillage. Many expect the systems they are looting to fall apart. They are blinded by personal greed and hubris. They believe their obscene wealth can buy them security and protection. They should have spent a little less time studying management in business school and a little more time studying human nature and human history. They are digging their own graves.”


“Unlike his two immediate predecessors, George W. Bush, who is intellectually and probably emotionally impaired, did not understand the totalitarian process abetted by the presidency. Because Clinton and Obama, and their Democratic Party, understand the destructive roles they played and are playing, they must be seen as far more cynical and far more complicit in the ruination of the country. Democratic politicians speak in the familiar “I-feel-your-pain” language of the liberal class while allowing corporations to strip us of personal wealth and power. They are effective masks for corporate power.”


“As long as we believe we are participants, a lie sustained through massive propaganda campaigns, endless and absurd election cycles and the pageantry of empty political theater, our corporate oligarchs rest easy in their private jets, boardrooms, penthouses and mansions.”


See entry of 2/13 below.


10/24/13


NYTimes: Koch Groups Admit Multiple Campaign Finance Violations - You’d think with as loose as the rules are after the Whore Court’s Citizens United decision, they could at least stay within those boundaries, but nooooooo!


10/23/13


Open Secrets: The Battle Over GMOs: Monsanto, Bayer, Grocery Manufacturers Assoc. Spend Millions Lobbying Against Labeling


10/21/13


Common Dreams: Absent Progressive Uproar, Social Security and Medicare Face Axe


Organic Consumers: Scientists Say ‘No Consensus on GMO Food Safety’


10/20/13


NYTimes: Last Scheduled Case of Brooklyn Bridge Arrests, Like Most Others, Is Dismissed - As is typical of the NYPD and many other metro police, the expedient procedure was to make the arrests - and violate the peaceful protestors’ Constitutional (but hey what the hell is that anyway) protections - throw them in jail just to get their message off the street and off the 11:00 news - and discourage conscientious dissent while allowing the talking heads to say ‘they were all arrested.’ Then when it finally comes time to put up or shut up in court the police have to shut up. A travesty.


10/17/13


Common Dreams: Govt Shutdown Ends, Austerity Drive Lives On


10/15/13


Counter Punch: The Coming Debt Ceiling Settlement - “...the final terms and details will likely prove remarkably similar to that concluded in August 2011 and December 2012:   Massive social spending cuts combined with tax cuts for the few, in exchange for an extension of the debt ceiling and a political ‘armistice’ for Obama and Democrats until after the next Congressional elections.” No mention of taxing the 1% who own 40% of all wealth. No mention of cuts to the Pentagon budget. No mention of reducing the profits resulting from the monopoly power of pharmaceutical companies.


10/13/13


NYTimes: Inequality is a Choice - Between 1988 and 2008, worldwide, the incomes of the top 1% increased by 60%. The incomes of the bottom 5% did not change. Today 8% of world humanity takes home 50% of the income. The top 1% take home 15%. A 2011 OECD study found that in America, beginning in the early ‘70s income inequality began to rise and then greatly accelerated in the late ‘80s (as taxes on the rich and regulations in the finance industry went down) - and continues to this day, while GDP has quadrupled in the last 40 years. 95% of all income gains in the US since 2009 have gone to the top 1%. The typical wage earner in the US makes less in real terms today than she/he did 45 years ago. But in some countries, policies were put in place that greatly reduced income and wealth inequality. Economic inequality is not automatic or inevitable. It is a result of government policies, or the lack thereof.


10/10/13


Democracy-NOW: Report Finds Police Worldwide Criminalize Dissent, Assert New Powers in Crackdown on Peaceful Protest and Popular Resistance and ACLU Report


10/8/13


Huff Po: TPP: Race To The Bottom


10/4/13


Democracy-NOW: “A Corporate Trojan Horse”: Obama Pushes TPP


9/30/13


Truthdig: The Sparks of Rebellion - “It is not the poor who make rebellion. It is those who conclude that they will not be able, as they once expected, to rise economically and socially. This consciousness is part of the self-knowledge of service workers and fast food workers. It is grasped by the swelling population of college graduates caught in a vise of low-paying jobs and obscene amounts of debt. These two groups, once united, will be our primary engines of rebellion.”


9/27/13


NYTimes: Measuring Poverty and the Income Gap - If the Federal Poverty Line accurately measured the cost of living, almost 1/2 of all Americans would be considered poor. Meanwhile the 1% continues to capture all additional income after 2007 and Here and Here and Here, and their wealth continues to soar.


9/26/13


Rolling Stone: Looting the Pension Funds: How Wall St. Robs Public Workers and OurFuture: The Plot Against Pensions and Democracy-NOW - They pay off local politicians to 1. turn over pension funds to Wall St. hedge funds which then charge 100‘s of $Millions in management fees, and 2. then slash pension benefits on the pretext that these greedy, lazy government workers are to blame for the increased costs and dive in revenues.


9/24/13


Salon: Banks Find New Way To Cheat Homeowners - How homeowners who are perfect on the mortgage, are foreclosed on without their knowledge.


9/19/13


NBC News: House GOP Votes to Cut $39 Billion From Food Stamp Program - Here’s the game plan: The ‘bad old’ GOP will propose cuts larger than anyone can imagine. Then the ‘good guy’ Dems will come in and ‘compromise’ very significant cuts. These are working people, many time working 2+ jobs, who need supplemental aid to feed their children - because of our current below-poverty minimum wage. Both parties work together to create a slave working class that can then be exploited by large corporations (the 1%). Meanwhile Defense spending soars.


9/17/13


NYTimes: Corporate Profits ‘Soar,’ Economy Is Up, Household Income...Flat


WashPo: The Typical American Family Makes Less Than It Did in 1989


9/16/13


CNN Money: The Rich Are Richer Than Ever - Yep, that’s “ever.” And yet 48 million people in America - and 16 million children - go to be hungry every night. Even after PPACA full implementation, 30+ million will have no health care. 4 out of 5 Americans have faced homelessness, near-poverty, no work sometime during their lifetimes.


9/13/13


Democracy-Now: Inequality For All: Robert Reich Warns Record Income Gap is Undermining Our Democracy


9/12/13


NYTimes: Tax Filings Hint At Extent of Koch Brothers’ Reach


9/11/13


UPI: US Income Gap Widest on Record


Politico: Behind the Curtain Exclusive: The Koch Bros’ Secret Bank


9/10/13


NYTimes: The Rich Get Richer Through the Recovery - The top 1% of wage-earners captured over 20% of total income in 2012.


9/5/13


Rolling Stone: Barrett Brown: America’s Least Likely Political Prisoner


8/23/13


Murfreesboro Post: Cities Acquiring MRAPs and Here - What the heck are they actually expecting? I think the 1% may be getting a little overly fearful.


8/21/13


Economic Policy Institute: A Decade of Flat Wages - A study again reflecting that wage growth for all (white-collar, blue-collar, college educated and not) middle class wages (for the entire bottom 70% - that’s you and me) has been stagnant for at least the last 20 years, while worker productivity has risen slowly but steadily and corporate profits and executive pay has skyrocketed. So essentially while wage growth slowed from 1970 until 2000, since 2000 the vast majority of all wage earners have fallen behind even the meager growth in inflation - with no sign of any let up, something this web site has been saying since 8/09 - See Corporate Background info and search for the word Nutshell.


8/19/13


Counter Punch: Obama’s Economic Agenda - Actually it’s the agenda of all Democrats and Republicans. Some highlights: 97% of new jobs over the last 6 months have been low-paying, service sector, part-time according to a George Mason University study. 10 million workers still can’t find jobs. 47 million people are on food stamps. 5 million borrowers are in some stage of default on their home loans. 4 out of 5 American adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty, or reliance on welfare for at least part of their lives. The median net worth of middle class US families fell by 39% between 2007 and 2010 while the median value of the family home dropped 42%. Discretionary federal spending is lower than it’s been in 50 years while the US deficit is dropping faster than at any time since WW2. The CBO has estimated that the sequester will halve economic growth in 2013; from 3% to 1.4%. Meanwhile pre-tax corporate profits make up 12% of GDP and growing. In answer to all this, Obama has appointed a commission of deficit hawks to the Bowles-Simpson committee - the Catfood Commission. His latest proposed budget cuts Social Security benefits by 2%, instead of removing the ‘cap’ which would require high earners to pay their fair share. His proposed tax increases would cut the net income of the typical wealthy household by just 0.6%. Both the Republicans and Democrats are doing just the opposite of what every peer-reviewed credible economic theory says the federal government should do in a time of deep recession.


Noam Chomsky: The US Behaves Nothing Like A Democracy - Normally I don’t quote Chomsky here because he’s so long winded. There are some points here that make it worthwhile in this case. Basically, if you look at every issue favored by the vast majority of Americans, every one of those issues is being defeated by the most powerful few. George Carlin summarizes it very well.


8/12/13


Labor Notes: Chicago Teacher Organizing Lessons Go National - The beginnings of the Network for Social Justice Unionism (NSJU).


7/31/13


Houston Chronicle: FBI Aware of Plan for Snipers to Take Out Occupy Leaders


7/29/13


Mint Press: Stratfor’s Strategies to Win the Media War Against Grassroots Activists - Thanks to Jeremy Hammonds and Wikileaks for hacking this nefarious corporation and revealing its coordination with federal and state agencies to thwart Constitutionally protected peaceful protest and Here and Here and Here. Basic strategy: Divide activists into 4 groups: 1. ‘Opportunists’ - these can be turned by appealing to their own self-interest. 2. ‘Realists’ - can be easily convinced that transformative change is not really possible and therefore they must settle for what is possible. 3. ‘Idealists’ - can be convinced that they have the facts wrong and then pulled into the ‘Realist’ camp. 4. ‘Radicals’ (everybody else) - are those that see the system as corrupt and needing transformation. Once the other 3 groups have been co-opted, the ‘radicals’ can be isolated and discredited using false charges to assassinate their characters. Stratfor (a PR firm that evolved into a private intelligence agency) has its roots in executives who headed up the efforts to discredit those who wanted to reveal cigarettes’ damage, defending the chemical industry and Big Agriculture (Monsanto). It developed strategies now used by Koch funded entities such as Americans for Prosperity. Stratfor keeps extensive dossiers (“Global Intelligence Files”) on all ‘forces of change’ - Occupy, United for Peace and Justice, etc.


Salon: Fast Food Workers Unite!


7/19/13


The Nation: Study: Large, Profitable Companies Employ Mostly Minimum-Wage Earners


7/16/13


Open Secrets: Agribusiness and the Farm Bill: Wayward Dems Benefit From Contributions


7/14/13


NYTimes: Attention Shoppers, You Are Being Tracked


7/4/13


NYTimes: Warren Mosler, A Deficit Lover With A Following


7/3/13


UK Guardian: Occupy Oakland Protestors Awarded $1 Million Over Police Violence


7/2/13


The Nation: BART Strike: Another Instance of Media Portraying Workers As Greedy


7/1/13


AG Professional: Monsanto GMO Wheat Stored in Colorado Through 2011 - Monsanto is looking for a scapegoat to explain how its ‘Roundup Ready’ wheat has infected US fields. But the evidence is beginning to point back at Monsanto.


6/28/13


Bill Moyers: Greg Kaufmann on the Truth About American Poverty - The corporate owned MSM portrays the


6/27/13


Rodale Press: New GMO Study Raises Health Concerns - This study shows that pigs fed GMO corn develop intestinal and reproductive issues that non-GMO fed pigs do not develop.



and related...


AlterNet: Research Shows That Monsanto’s Claims for GMO Food Are Probably Wrong - This research has to do with crop yields and sustainability. The conclusion is that GMO crops do not give higher yields as many ‘experts’ claim.



6/23/13


NYTimes: The Signs of the Brazilian Protests


6/21/13


RT News: Protestor Killed, Dozens Injured As Brazilian Police Face Off With A Million in 100 Cities and AP


6/20/13


Popular Resistance: Capitalism In Crisis: Our Opportunity For A New System - “The main drivers of capitalism are consistent growth and increasing profits, which have been gained by exploitation of people and the planet. And globalization is possible because of cheap fossil fuels. In contrast, a sustainable economy will have to be driven by remaining within the limits of the planet’s capacity. We can’t have it both ways; we can’t have both unlimited growth and sustainability.”


NYTimes: Protests Sweep Across Brazil - Over one hundred thousand people in 100 cities have come out in a spontaneous expression of rejection of policies that benefit only the rich. “All of a sudden, a country that was once viewed as a stellar example of a rising, democratic power finds itself upended by an amorphous, leaderless popular uprising with one unifying theme: an angry, and sometimes violent, rejection of politics as usual.”


National Nurses United: Golden Gate Bridge March to Stop Keystone XL and Tax Wall Street


6/18/13


Common Dreams: The People Have Awakened - Well, the Brazilian people anyway.


6/15/13


Sky News: G8 Police State


6/9/13


Paul Krugman: The Big Shrug


6/4/13


NYTimes: Jefferson Co. Alabama (Birmingham) Reaches Bankruptcy Deal - JPMorgan, Bear Stearns,  Lehman Bros., Goldman Sachs bribed county officials to borrow money they could never repay. A few county officials went to jail. Over 1,000 county employees got laid off. Public services like courts, jails, sheriffs’ departments were shut down. The bankers went back to the Hamptons. Now the citizens of Jefferson Co. are stuck with the tab. “We live in a Gangster State.”


6/2/13


NYTimes: Obama’s Covert Trade Deal - This is a great, short editorial and well worth the read. It quickly summarizes all of the reasons this trade pact would be terrible for the American people, and why it shouldn’t be kept secret from Congress and the taxpayers. When the NYTimes, normally a cheerleading section for Obama, publishes an editorial such as this you know it’s in trouble. Summarizing everything this site has been saying about TPP since 6/14/12. For more, just search on ‘TPP’ below.


5/30/13


Earth Island Journal: We’re Being Watched - The ‘Surveillance Industrial Complex’ becomes ever stronger with collusion between private security firms working for large corporations such as Dow Chemical, Monsanto, Blackwater and Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity (AFP), and government agencies such as FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. to carry out black ops against peaceful citizens groups. These groups are coordinating their attacks on non-violent civilian groups even before they stage Constitutionally protected non-violent free speech actions. “Accusations of ‘terrorism,’ even if completely unfounded, are being used as a tool to undermine peaceful political protest,” while the actual terrorists are the personnel of our own government working for the large corporations. See entries of 5/22/13 and 12/29/12.


5/29/13


Bill Moyers: Park Avenue: Money, Power, Politics - How the game is rigged in favor of the rich. This is no longer a country in which anyone can use their bootstraps to pull themselves out of poverty. Here’s the long version.


New Yorker: A Word From Our Sponsor - Public Televisions attempts to placate David Koch. The back story of ‘Park Avenue.’


NYTimes: Obama Picks Former Bush Official and Hedge Fund Manager to Head FBI - Expect those nationally coordinated, pre-emptive crackdowns on Occupy to continue.


5/26/13


Alternet: The Real Numbers: Half of America Is In Poverty, And It’s Moving Towards 75% - Based on IRS numbers, not census data, half of America is in poverty. For half of Americans, debts exceed assets. The richest 20 Americans made more last year than the total food assistance budget in America that serves 47 million. The richest 400 made more than the total food, housing and education budgets combined. See Wealth Inequality In America.


5/25/13


UK Guardian: Millions March Against Monsanto and GM Crops and ABC


NYTimes: Shareholders? Fuhgeddaboudit! - A couple of examples of how the 1% maintains control.


5/23/13


Bloomberg: Wall Street Seeks Dodd-Frank Changes Through Trade Talks - Search this page for ‘TPP’.


5/22/13


Democracy-NOW!: Corporate/Counterterrorism Apparatus Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide and The Progressive and SourceWatch - How corporate America, including Wall St. firms, coordinates with DHS, the FBI and local police around the country to systematically monitor, infiltrate and attempt to crush the Occupy movement. The coordinated crackdown is using the National Defense Authorization Act to preemptively arrest Occupy leaders, denying civil liberties contained in the Constitution to those trying to lawfully defend those civil liberties, thus criminalizing the First Amendment. This is not about protecting the US from foreign attack, this is about advancing the interests of and making more powerful the large corporate interest over the functioning of national, state and local governments. See also UK Guardian: How The FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy, The FBI vs. Occupy, and Who Occupied the Occupy Movement.

Ongoing coverage.


5/19/13


NYTimes: Celebrating Inequality


5/17/13


AlterNet: Popular Resistance Across the Country


5/15/13


Electronic Frontier Foundation: Secretive TPP Talks Re-Commence in Lima, Peru 


Common Dreams: US Govt. Reaps Billions in Profits From the Backs of Struggling Students - $51 Billion per year - making the US Dept. of Education one of the most profitable enterprises in the US.


5/13/13


Agence France: Whore Court Finds for Monsanto


5/9/13


Common Dreams: Obama in Plunderland - Regarding choices for Commerce Secretary and head of the FCC.


5/8/13


Yes Magazine: Why TPP Is A Bad Trade Deal - This is essentially a new set of laws that would supersede the national laws of participating countries. There are 26 chapters in the trade agreement, but only 2 have anything to do with trade. The rest have to do with corporate avoidance of environmental, labor and financial regulations and taxes. If central governments do anything that the corporations see as detrimental to their profits, the corporations appoint 3 arbitrators and can force the taxpayers of the offending country to pay unlimited damages. Search this page for “TPP” or see entries of 4/3/13, 11/21, 9/18, 9/10, 9/6, 9/5, 8/29, 8/27, 8/8, and especially 6/14/12.


NYTimes: An Industry Man for the FCC and Commerce Sec. and Common Dreams - So much for Obama’s 2007 promise that corporate lobbyists would not finance his campaign or run his administration.


5/6/13


Counter Punch: How Occupy Builds Popular Resistance - The MSM loves to ignore the many actions and demonstrations that are going on all around the country and then ask the rhetorical question Whatever Happened to Occupy? This article is a great run down of some of the most recent actions and a schedule of those upcoming.


5/2/13


The Nation: May Day in NYC and Around the Country: Youth and Immigrant Rights Activists Demand Reform - And Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here.


NYTimes: Airport Exposes Class Divisions in Silicon Valley


5/1/13


Common Dreams: ‘The Gilded Age’ Statistics Corporations Don’t Want Anyone to See - Dodd-Frank still not working.


4/29/13


The Nation: Occupy May Day Protests


4/26/13


NPR: Koch Bros.’ Newspaper Takeover Could Spark ‘Culture Clash’ - See entry of 4/20.


Hartford Courant: UnitedHealth Group CEO Takes Pay Cut Down to $34.7 Million - Plus $7 Million in stock.


4/25/13


Reuters: Exxon Quarterly Profit $9.5 Billion - No taxes due. No worries about having to pay for its oil spill in Arkansas that has killed wildlife and wiped out an entire subdivision.


4/24/13


Common Dreams: Pew/Census Report: Wealthy Thrive While Poor Dive As Inequality Surge Continues


4/22/13


The Nation: Elites May Finally Realize Austerity Isn’t the Answer


4/21/13


Paul Krugman: The Jobless Trap - We live in a neo-feudal society, characterized by 1. A small, ruling nobility; 2. A standing army at their beck and call; 3. A large exploited underclass - the subject of this article.


4/20/13


NYTimes: Koch Bros. Turn Their Focus to Newspapers - Some day soon we’ll remember the good old days before the Koch’s owned all news outlets.


4/15/13


UMass Study Debunks Reinhart & Rogoff - R&R has been the primary study cited by austerity advocates the world over. Problem is, it’s garbage.


The Nation: Congress Refuses to Allow USPS to Fix Its Budget - In 2002, 2003, Congress took USPS’s pension fund away. Then in 2006 it forced the USPS to create and fund 100% of a $60 Billion retiree health fund over a 10 year period. Now it says USPS is bankrupt and refuses to take any meaningful action. This is about the 1%’s aversion to a government service that serves many disadvantaged people and employs over half a million union members. See also Here.


4/11/13


Center for Economic and Policy Research: Obama Accepts the Agenda of Misguided Washington Elites


4/10/13


Counter Punch: Without Unions the Bullies Will Always Win


4/9/13


UK Independent: Police Scan Social Media to Identify Likely Prospects For ‘Pre-Emptive Arrests’ - I’ve been telling you to get off Facebook. ;-)


4/8/13


MoJo: How Walmart, ExxonMobil, and Coke Buy Latino Friends in Congress


4/5/13


National Nurses United: Robin Hood Rides in DC on April 20


4/3/13


Counter Punch: Trans-Pacific Partnership Has Become Neoliberal Overload - TPP has continued to morph for the worst over the last few months - in total secrecy. 600 US corporate advisors have full access to the proceedings, but US Congressman are forbidden. Paramilitary teams patrol the premises. Sen. Wyden (D-OR), chairman of the congressional committee with trade agreement oversight has been denied any access/documentation. Current proposals according to leaked documents: corporations will have an unlimited right to demand compensation from signatory country treasuries for supposed undermined future profits plus legal fees and legal costs; Big Pharma will regain patents over generic drugs; environmental and worker health and safety regulations can be ignored; offshoring of jobs will be incentivized; ISPs will police user activity and treat small scale individual downloads as large-scale for-profit violators with prosecution and internet-termination; what little financial regulation we have will be rolled back; signatory nations may not pursue independent monetary policy; signatories must permit the free flow of derivatives, currency speculation and manipulative financial instruments; corporations will not be accountable to signatory governments for the havoc they wreak, but the governments will be accountable to the corporations through arbitration before corporation designated attorneys - thus bypassing the US court system. See entries of 11/21, 9/18, 9/10, 9/6, 9/5, 8/29, 8/27, 8/8, and especially 6/14/12 or just search this page for “TPP”.


Canadian Broadasting: Obama Picks Goldman-Sachs Political Crony and Fundraiser For Ambassador to Canada


4/2/13


Democracy-NOW!: Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America From Monsanto to WalMart


4/1/13


In These Times: Domestic Insurgents - Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance changes the face of the labor movement.


The Nation: Thousands Protest the UK Government’s Austerity


3/31/13


NYTimes: Wall St. Bank Boards’ Pay Soars Amid Cutbacks


3/28/13


Natural Society: Obama Signature on Monsanto Protection Act Ignites Massive Activism - See related entry of 3/24.


NYTimes: “Common Ground” On Medicare - As the ‘debate’ continues, Dems continue to give ground on Medicare, while Rethugs refuse to budge an inch on revenue. A strange way to negotiate.


NYTimes: All Markets Hit New Highs As American Austerity (Sequester) Kicks In - Obama “reluctantly” signed austerity into law on 3/1. There is no fight in this dog.


3/27/13


Waging Non-Violence: Occupy Sandy Builds Worker Power


The Nation: Chicago Board of Education Erects Barricades in Anticipation of Mass Rally


3/26/13


Truth Out: Occupy Strike Debt Kicks Off Second Debt Buy-Up With March for Universal Care


3/24/13


Natural Society: Senate Passes Monsanto Protection Act - Even if a crop - not just a GMO crop, any crop - is found to be a danger to society Monsanto can continue to sell, plant and/or harvest the crop with immunity from any sort of US court or law. Here’s Obama promising to label all GMO foods sold in America - now made moot.


3/22/13


The Nation: Strike The Debt Abolishes $1.1 Million of Medical Debt


Bill Moyers: How Worker-Owned Companies Work - US Federation of Worker Cooperatives


3/19/13


Occupy Monsanto: Monsanto’s Death Grip on Your Food


3/15/13


Salon: How Monsanto Outfoxed the Obama Administration - “The public will suffer the costs of Monsanto’s capture of almost total control over much of the U.S. seed business. Since 2001 the company has more than doubled the price of soybean and corn seeds, whose crops are used in foods ranging from cereal and pizza to chocolate and soda. In 2008 Monsanto officials said farmers should expect seed prices to keep rising.”


Nation of Change: Monsanto Protection Act Reappears


3/13/13


Open Secrets: Final Price Tag for 2012 Election: $6.3 Billion


3/11/13


AlterNet: New Study Finds the Wealthy Are Different - F. Scott Fitzgerald said it best.


3/6/13


The Nation: Strike the Debt Declares Healthcare Emergency: It’s A Matter of ‘Life or Debt’


Bill Moyers: One Economy, Two Americas - Corporate profits have been rising at a 20% annual rate for 4 years. Average household incomes: 1/4%. 24 million Americans are looking for full time work. 15+ million American children go to bed hungry every night. The rich keep getting richer at everyone else’s expense.


Philadelphia Enquirer: Another Jury Acquits More Occupy Protestors in Philadelphia Protest


3/3/13


NYTimes: Corporate Profits Soar; Worker Incomes Decline


and in a related note:


NYTimes: As Automatic Budget Cuts Go Into Effect, Poor Will Be Hit The Hardest


CNBC: Obama Renews Offer to Cut Social Safety Net - This was always meant to be the end game in this ongoing Kabuki play.


UK Daily Mail: Goldman Sachs Renews Tradition of Lavish All Night Parties for Top Execs - Let the good times roll.


3/1/13


Village Voice: Jury Finds OWS Protestor Innocent On All Counts


CNN Money: Americans See Biggest One-Month Decline in Income in 20 Years


2/27/13


Organic Consumers: Monsanto: Patents On Life?


NYTimes: Our Debt, Ourselves - Retired MIT econ professor echos what Paul Krugman, and every other rational economist, has been saying for the last several years. Now is not the time for austerity. Now is the time for stimulus. Too bad neither the Dems or Rethugs are listening. They are only listening to the super-rich.


Case in point...


WSJ: Former Bailed-Out Citibank Exec Confirmed New Treasury Secretary - Just as Lew left Citibank in 2009, it was bailed out and part of that taxpayer money went towards his bonus. He has stated that one of his top priorities  at Treasury will be to reduce the cost of ‘entitlement programs’ such as Medicare. Not sure what that has to do with the work at Treasury, but that’s what the man said. I’m sure we’ll find out after it’s too late. Maybe the Catfood Commission will be resurrected?


CREDO: To MSNBC: Disclose Ed Rendell’s Conflict of Interest


Counter Punch: Monsanto University


2/26/13


Nation of Change: It’s Time For MoveOn to Move and Stop Blocking Change


2/25/13


The Hill: Poll Shows Majority of Americans Believe the Pentagon Should Bear the Brunt of Deficit Cuts


The Nation: The Weird Blend of Apolitical Denial and Shameless Propaganda at the Oscars


2/24/13


Paul Krugman: Austerity, Italian-Style - Solid proof that the idea of austerity as a solution for an ailing economy is delusional.


2/22/13


HuffPo: DOJ Admits Aaron Swartz Prosecution Was Political, Not Criminal


2/21/13


Chris Hedges: “OBEY”


Daily Show: Despicable Drone Memos


2/20/13


Counter Punch: Liberal Fascism In America


2/19/13


Yes! Magazine: The Cooperative Way to a Stronger Economy


Open Secrets: Monsanto: Big Guy on the Block When It Comes To Friends in Washington


2/18/13


Ag Professional: Monsanto vs A Farmer Who Stepped ‘Over The Line’ Heads to the Whore Court - Monsanto is on the verge of controlling the entire food supply of the world and we all sit back and let it.


2/16/13


New Republic: The One Percent Gobbled Up the Recovery, Too and NYTimes - See entry of 1/31.


2/14/13


NYTimes: Confidence On The Upswing in 1%’er Land, Mergers Make A Comeback - We’re all so glad for them. See entry of 1/31.


2/13/13


Truth Out: Lifting the Veil of Mirage Democracy in the US


2/11/13


The Nation: Seniors and Vets To Crash ‘Fix the Debt’ Party Hosted by Honeywell CEO


2/7/13


Bernie Sanders: Bernie Says Lets Go After The Tax Dodgers - No need to raise corporate rates, just collect all that is due. You have to wonder how any politician could come out against this idea.


2/5/13


The Nation: Occupiers Arrive in Court Over A Year After Police Raid of Peaceful Demonstration in Public Space


2/4/13


Nation of Change: Capitalism’s Endgame - All the wealth is increasingly concentrated into the hands of fewer and fewer, while the rest of us have to fight over the scraps.


2/1/13


Waging Nonviolence: Occupy Sandy’s Collective Recovery - Not waiting on the government and not being covered by the MSM.


1/31/13


UC Berkeley Study Updated: Top 1% Got 121% of Income Gains 2009-2011 - Meaning they got all of the gains, plus an extra 21% out of our hide. See “Income Inequality in US, 1913-1998 as updated 2013” under “Income and Wealth Inequality.” As printed in the Quarterly Journal of Economics. If you made (net income) $1.4 Million or more last year, then you are in this group. Congratulations!


1/30/13


IPS: Congressional Research Service: US Firms Stash $$$ Tens of Billions in Tax Havens - Which is why there’s no money for the safety net. Bring on the Catfood Commission.


ProPublica: Obama’s Flip-Flops on Money in Politics


1/27/13


HuffPo: US Income Inequality Worse Than Many Latin American Countries


1/23/13


Bloomberg: Yahoo, Dell Swell Netherlands’ $13 Trillion Tax Haven


1/17/13


National Nurses Union: Exec. Director DeMoro To Appear On Tavis Smiley Debate - Against Newt Gingrich ;-0. This should be good. Here’s her interview with Bill Moyers a few months ago.


Bloomberg: Corporate Profits Up 171% Under Obama - ...more than any president since WWII; at their highest level relative to GDP since the government started keeping records; more than 2X as high at the peak during the Reagan Admin.; more than 50% higher than the 1990’s internet boom, but worker pay relative to GDP is falling; and Here.


1/16/13


CBS News: US CEOs Push Plan to Raise Full Retirement Age to 70 - Pushed by guys with golden parachutes and cadillac private retirement plans. Let everybody else work for CEO profits until they are too old and sick and then they can just go find a ditch, lie down and die.


1/15/13


Waging Nonviolence: The Walmart Labor Struggle Is Going Global


1/12/13


Nation of Change: On-going Efforts of Occupy


1/11/13


Bill Moyers: Paul Krugman Explains the Keys to Our Recovery - 4 million Americans have been without work for over one year - unprecedented since the Great Depression. The solution is very simple, and could be very quick.


AlterNet: Tom Tomorrow On Washington’s Endless Series of Contrived Crises


1/9/13


University Affairs: Why Do So Few Business Students Learn About Co-operatives?


YES! Magazine: Idle No More: Indigenous Uprising Sweeps North America


Counterpunch: The Progressive Caucus: Enabling Obama’s Rightward Moves


1/7/13


The Nation: Occupy Steubenville: Anonymous Takes On Ohio Sheriff


1/2/13


CNN: Look Beyond the Fiscal Cliff - The deficit is not the problem and never was the problem. Anyone who is concerned about ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ would be advocating for more stimulus - what FDR did in 1936 - not austerity. The deficit hysteria that has become part of the conventional wisdom in DC is really just a way for wealthy elites and corporate interests (and their agents on Capitol Hill) to push for austerity and end programs that benefit most Americans.


ProPublica: World Bank ‘Fights Poverty’ With Loans to 5 Star Hotels - Not!




Corporate Domination 2012