May 21, 2012
19 Things That The Talking Heads On Television Are Being Strangely Silent About

"If the talking heads on television don’t tell us about something that happens, does it make that event any less real?  Of course the answer to that question is quite obvious, but unfortunately way too many Americans allow their realities to be defined by what they hear from the mainstream media.

Way too many people use phrases such as “if that was true I would have heard about it on television” to deflect conversations that are starting to become uncomfortable.

Critical thinking is a skill that is in short supply in America today, and most Americans seem content to let their televisions do their thinking for them.  Sadly, the pretty people on television do not spend a lot of time talking about the things that are truly important.  Instead, they love to talk about the latest celebrity scandal and they love to divide people into groups and get them fighting with one another….”

May 21, 2012
9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes

For three decades we have conducted a massive economic experiment, testing a theory known as supply-side economics. The theory goes like this: Lower tax rates will encourage more investment, which in turn will mean more jobs and greater prosperity—so much so that tax revenues will go up, despite lower rates. The late Milton Friedman, the libertarian economist who wanted to shut down public parks because he considered them socialism, promoted this strategy. Ronald Reagan embraced Friedman’s ideas and made them into policy when he was elected president in 1980.

For the past decade, we have doubled down on this theory of supply-side economics with the tax cuts sponsored by President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003, which President Obama has agreed to continue for two years.

You would think that whether this grand experiment worked would be settled after three decades. You would think the practitioners of the dismal science of economics would look at their demand curves and the data on incomes and taxes and pronounce a verdict, the way Galileo and Copernicus did when they showed that geocentrism was a fantasy because Earth revolves around the sun (known as heliocentrism). But economics is not like that. It is not like physics with its laws and arithmetic with its absolute values. 

Tax policy is something the framers left to politics. And in politics, the facts often matter less than who has the biggest bullhorn….”

May 21, 2012
Noam Chomsky On Americas Economic Suicide

We’re a nation whose leaders are pursuing policies that amount to economic “suicide” Chomsky says. But there are glimmers of possibility.
 
 
 
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Noam Chomsky has not just been watching the Occupy movement. A veteran of the civil rights, anti-war, and anti-intervention movements of the 1960s through the 1980s, he’s given lectures at Occupy Boston and talked with occupiers across the US.  His new book, Occupy, published in the Occupied Media Pamphlet Series by Zuccotti Park Press brings together several of those lectures, a speech on “occupying foreign policy” and a brief tribute to his friend and co-agitator Howard Zinn. ….

May 21, 2012
The Photos The Mainstream Media Didn't Show You - G8 Chicago

May 19 and 20, Chicago. Peaceful protesters engaging in their 1st Amendment rights.

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May 9, 2012
The Corporate Media's Attempt to Kill the Occupy Movement

"Occupiers can expect no favors from the American media, which will continue to serve their corporate owners and not the public at large. This means that the occupiers must expect to struggle mightily for their view of the world - and even their very presence - to break into mainstream political discourse. The narrative that "Occupy is dead" is merely the latest salvo by the 1 percent. We must not let them get away with it."

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May 6, 2012
Pesticides and Pests in Our Government and the FDA

Corporations use every trick in the book to sway regulators and legislators, but the most effective may be the “revolving door.” Many of the agrichemical industry’s former executives, lawyers and scientists serve in the government agencies that are charged with keeping watch over their industries. For example:

  • Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice & former Monsanto lawyer who did not recuse himself in a recent case involving his former employer.
  • Islam Siddiqui, former pesticide lobbyist for CropLife America, currently the lead Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Office of Trade - despite record opposition to his appointment.
  • Roger Beachy, founding president of the Danforth Plant Science center (Monsanto’s de facto nonprofit research arm), currently heads the USDA’s National Institute for Food & Agriculture.
  • Michael Taylor, former Monsanto lawyer & Vice President for Public Policy, currently serving as at the FDA. Taylor is famous for having engineered the U.S. government’s favorable agricultural biotechnology policies during the Clinton administration.
  • Elin Miller, former heard of Arysta’s North American division, installed by George W. Bush as head of EPA’s Region 9 Office. Arysta is the largest private pesticide company in the world, and sole producer of methyl iodide.
  • Ramona Romero, former corporate counsel for DuPont, appointed in 2010 to serve as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

April 28, 2012
“WHY GO TO INDONESIA FOR LABOR, WE ARE OFFERING YOU COMPETITIVE PRISON LABOR” As stated by former Oregon State Rep, Kevin Mannix to NIKE

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Are politicians and corporations profiting from the 500% increase in incarcerations? It turns out there are private prison corporations which trade on the New York Stock Exchange and whose businesses are profitable. These private prison industries are so profitable they can afford to give millions in campaign donations to get legislation passed which is beneficial to them. They make an astonishing $3 billion dollars in profits annually.

And how do they make $3 billion dollar annual profit? The answer is they are trafficking in inmate slave labor. They offer the services of inmates from their facilities to Fortune 500 companies. Inmates earning 3 -12 cents per hour, replace salaries of American’s who would normally earn $15-20 per hour for the same task. The $3 billion profit is the differential between a normal wage and the slave labor wage.

To keep their business more profitable, the private prison industry pushes legislation to pass lengthier sentences and to criminalize more actions. Private prisons encourage the passing of laws such as “3 Strikes, You’re Out” because they provide more lifetime sentences. For these corporations, inmates with lifetime sentences offer a lifetime of work. In sum, the more Americans you incarcerate, the more these companies make….”

April 28, 2012

April 28, 2012
May 1, 2012 - STRIKE!

May 1, 2012 - STRIKE!

April 27, 2012
Donald Trump: Wind Turbines Near My Scottish Golf Resort Will Ruin The View

More Proof That Donald Trump Is REALLY Dumb

EDINBURGH, Scotland - He came, he saw, he blustered.

Donald Trump on Wednesday swept into Scotland’s parliament to demand the country end plans for an offshore wind farm he fears will spoil the view at his exclusive new $750-million-pound ($1.2-billion) golf resort.

In a typically blunt display, the New York property tycoon told an inquiry into renewable energy to stop the wind power efforts in the country’s north.

"Scotland, if you pursue this policy of these monstrous turbines, Scotland will go broke," he said. "They are ugly, they are noisy and they are dangerous. If Scotland does this, Scotland will be in serious trouble and will lose tourism to places like Ireland, and they are laughing at us."

Members of the committee are looking at how achievable the Scottish government’s green targets for 2020 are. The plans for 11 200-foot (60-meter) tall wind turbines are part of the government’s goal of positioning itself as a leader in renewable energy.

When challenged to produce hard evidence about his claims on the negative impact of turbines, Trump said: “I am the evidence, I am a world class expert in tourism.”

The public gallery burst into laughter….”

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