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The Smallness of Being in Economy Class
Froma Harrop
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Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything.

The middle class sees its stature shrinking in ...

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Truth Has No Place in the Attack of Inflation Hawks
Dean Baker
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There is a growing push by inflation hawks to get the Federal Reserve Board to raise interest rates. They argue that inflationary pressures are picking up steam and if the Fed doesn’t move quickly, we will soon be caught up in an inflationary spiral.

If this sounds obscure and ...

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Rick Perry’s Clown Show
Jim Hightower
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Trial lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.

Well, meet that ham sandwich! Here in my burg of Austin, Texas, grand jury has ...

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Monsanto’s Worst Nightmare Coming True: The Rise of GMO Labeling
Christina Sarich
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Activists against GMOs just might take down the biotech giants after all. GMO labeling could soon be a sweet reality.

Last week, Colorado broke a new record by bringing 16,950 signatures to a GMO labeling campaign for fall’s ...

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Colonization by Bankruptcy: The High-Stakes Chess Match for Argentina
Ellen Brown
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If Argentina were in a high-stakes chess match, the country’s actions this week would be the equivalent of flipping over all the pieces on the board.

– David Dayen, Fiscal Times, August 22, 2014

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Could This Key Legal Precedent Take Down Monsanto?
Christina Sarich
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Will it take a civil wrongful death suit to take down the biotech giant Monsanto, or will it require a criminal murder trial? Under what legal circumstance would our corrupt governments be induced to reveal hidden studies that prove Monsanto knew that glyphosate, Bt toxins, and GM seed would cause harm to humans all along?

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Back to School and to Widening Inequality
Robert Reich
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American kids are getting ready to head back to school. But the schools they’re heading back to differ dramatically by family income.

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Iraq: Bombs and Bullets vs. Political Process
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

A series of bombings and shootings left some 35 dead in Iraq on Saturday, following on a massacre of 68 worshipers Friday at a Sunni Mosque in mixed Diyala Province.  This violence was strategic, not random.  One side effect was a severe setback in the attempt of Haidar al-Abadi, the prime minister designate, to form a government of national unit that includes Shiites, Kurds and Sunni ...

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Some Numbers for the ‘Entitlement’ Bashers
Paul Buchheit
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Americans constantly hear about the threat of "entitlements," which in the case of Social Security and Medicare are more properly defined as "earned benefits." The real threat is the array of entitlements demanded by the very rich. The following annual numbers may help to put our country's expenses and benefits in perspective.

 

$220 Billion: Teacher Salaries

 

According to the ...

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Sustainable Aviation: How We Can Fly Better
Christina Sarich
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Six thousand people board a plane to fly to a desired destination every six minutes. Needless to say, this amount of air travel has caused a considerable negative effect on the environment. True to the inventiveness of the Wright brothers in 1903, featherless, sustainable flight technology, this time—sustainable—is being applied to the aviation industry.

 

While there are many social and economic benefits of utilizing air ...

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Iraq: If Terrorists Hit Southern Iraq Oil Fields, $5-$7 a Gallon Gas?
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

Iraq’s former oil minister, Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, warned on Thursday that the so-called “Islamic State” terrorist organization could hit the Iraqi oil fields in the south around Basra.

Basra is deep in the Shiite south, so IS could not take the city of 2 million as it did largely Sunni Mosul.  But Bahr al-Ulum is pointing out that Basra’s oil ...

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Is Ferguson a Social Media Victim?
Froma Harrop
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Soon the cameras, protesters, gawkers and tweeters will depart Ferguson, Missouri, leaving the question: What will be left of this embattled city when the smoke clears?

We've seen ...

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The GMO Lawn Engineered to Withstand Monsanto’s Toxic Pesticides
Christina Sarich
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Are you ready for some Kentucky Bluegrass? Kentucky Bluegrass isn’t the name of a band touring the South, easing work-a-day blues with a little ditty, it’s the name of a toxic new GMO lawn grass being engineered by Scotts ...

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The Disease of American Democracy
Robert Reich
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Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President’s approval ratings are also in the basement.

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Nestle/Gerber Won’t Listen: Boycott the Company Who Puts GMO Bt Toxins in Baby Food
Christina Sarich
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Like many food producers supplying some of the most popular foods, some baby food companies, such as Purity Brands, are going GMO-free due to public demand. But other companies stuffed with the hot air of their own inflated CEO’s egos refuse – Nestlé International, the parent company of both Nestlé USA and Gerber baby foods – is adamant ...

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How to Bypass Mega Grocery Chains and Buy Direct from Organic Farms
Christina Sarich
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There are three reasons that Big Ag can’t compete with the small farm in the long-term:

Research at the land grant universities in the United States is often funded by big agribusiness corporations, but consumers want fresh, organic food - not GMO, chemical-laden, mono-cropped refuse.Some of the most promising solutions don’t ..." ::
The Carnage of Capitalism
Paul Buchheit
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Capitalism is expanding like a tumor in the body of American society, spreading further into vital areas of human need like health and education.

Milton Friedman said in 1980: "The free market system distributes the fruits of economic progress among all people." The father of the modern neoliberal movement couldn't have been more wrong. Inequality has been growing for 35 years, worsening since the 2008 recession, as a few well-positioned Americans have made ...

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John Boehner’s Kabuki Dance
Jim Hightower
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If John Boehner is so worried about the president’s executive orders, why didn’t he sue George W. Bush?

What a hoot to see House Speaker John Boehner up on his hind legs, braying like a goofy mule as he declares that by golly he’s filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for “aggressive unilateralism.” Or, was it unilateral aggressivism?

Whatever.

The Ohio Republican says it’s an outrage that a president would issue ...

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Is Corruption a Constitutional Right?
David Sirota
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Wall Street is one of the biggest sources of funding for presidential campaigns, and many of the Republican Party's potential 2016 contenders are governors, from Chris Christie of New Jersey and Rick Perry of Texas to Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin. And so, last week, the GOP filed a federal lawsuit aimed ...

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What’s Wrong With the GOP’s ‘Hell No’ Faction
Jim Hightower
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Ah, August — that time of year when the going gets tough ... and Congress gets going.

On vacation that is. And, to be fair, maybe Congress needs a vacation. All the stress of not ...

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Bringing it Back Home
Martin Feldstein
Op-Ed
Good and Bad Inequality
Michael Spence
Op-Ed
Crime Scene: New Orleans
Greg Palast
News Investigation
VIDEO
They Turned Her Water Off. Now She is Fighting Back
Dennis Trainor, Jr.
Video Interview

NOC BULLHORN

Fracking

Help stop E&B Natural Resources from making Hermosa Beach residents their next guinea pigs.

Banking Policy

This sector of banking is thriving and its future is bright.

Genetically Modified Foods

Brazilian scientists are urging Pope Francis to join the Brazilian government and help ban genetically modified foods.

The Supreme Court

Join the dissent and stop CEOs in America from “forcing their personal beliefs on employees.” Take action and tell lawmakers to give us back control of our own bodies.

Climate Change

Forget about everything you think you know about climate change because in this new documentary, capitalism is to blame.

Media

Unique freedom of speech and privacy laws from Finland are now available to the rest of the world.

Bee Protection

We must take down the companies that are contributing to the pollinator decline and help save the bees. Sign the petition.

Human Rights

“We will continue to resist. We will build a beautiful new tomorrow.”

Climate Change

The connection between the Ferguson tragedy and the climate crisis is one activist’s catalyst for her work.

Legalizing Marijuana

Together with Occupy the Federal Reserve, the Green Rush campaign will band together and protest on Sept. 17 outside the Federal Reserve in New York City.

Police Brutality

Police brutality is at an all-time high, but a call from the Dream Defenders is sparking a national campaign to change this.

Environment

Take action and help protect sea turtles against illegal poaching by asking the Mexican government to promote and support coastal communities’ ecotourism and sustainable travel.

Environment

Architect transforms unused government land into community centers, concert halls, art studios and homes.

Workers’ Rights

Let’s get with the times and make a change. We must demand a raise for tipped employees. Show your support and sign the petition.

Environment

One man’s concept will soon make swimming in New York’s East River safe and clean.

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