Tuesday, September 16, 2014 / PROGRESSIVE JOURNALISM FOR POSITIVE ACTION
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Harvard Business School’s Role in Widening Inequality
Robert Reich
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No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School – inculcating in them a set of ideas and principles that have resulted in a pay gap between CEOs and ordinary workers that’s gone from 20-to-1 fifty years ago to almost 300-to-1 today.

A survey, released on September 6, of 1,947 Harvard Business School alumni showed them far more hopeful about the future competitiveness of American firms than about the ...

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Back to College, the Only Gateway to the Middle Class
Robert Reich
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This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class.

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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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Work and Worth
Robert Reich
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What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society.

 

Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?

 

On the other hand, what’s the worth to society of social workers who put in long and difficult hours dealing with patients suffering from mental ...

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Five Facts for the Dangerously Deluded Education Reformers
Paul Buchheit
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Free-market capitalists view education in terms of products and profits. The products, to them, are our children. The profits go to savvy business people who use a "freedom to choose" rallying cry to convince parents that they're somehow being cheated by an equal-opportunity public school system.Education reformers focus on privatization, public program cutbacks, and plenty of revenue-producing testing. There are at least five truths about education reform that suggest ...

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The Journey to Self-Awareness
Robert J. Burrowes
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Self-awareness is the capacity to pay conscious attention to all aspects of yourself: to use sensory capacities such as sight, hearing and touch to provide accurate information about the external world; to use feelings such as thirst, hunger, nausea, dizziness and physical pain to provide accurate information about the state of your body and what it needs; to use memory to store and provide access to learning from past experience; to use your 'truth register' to detect ...

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The Last Commencement Address
Tom Engelhardt
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Internet Class of 2014, I’m in awe of you! To this giant, darkened auditorium filled with sparkling screens of every sort, welcome! 

It would, of course, be inaccurate to say, as speakers like me once did, that after four years of effort and experience you are now about to leave the hallowed halls of this campus and graduate into a new and adult world.  The odds are that you aren’t.  You were graduated into that world long ago.  ...

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Wall Street’s Bonus Inflation
Jim Hightower
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Not too many years ago, any news story about bonus money would’ve been about some 20-year-old baseball player — an up-and-coming superstar getting $100,000 or so on top of his salary as an extra incentive to join the Yankees, Giants, or whatever team.

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Israel’s War on American Universities
Chris Hedges
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The banning of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Northeastern University in Boston on March 7, along with a university threat of disciplinary measures against some of its members, replicates sanctions being imposed against numerous student Palestinian rights groups across the country. The attacks, and the disturbingly similar forms of punishment, appear to be part of a coordinated effort by the Israeli government and the Israel lobby to blacklist all student groups ...

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The Highly Educated Working Poor: Adjunct Professors
Jim Hightower
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There's a growing army of the working poor in our U.S. of A., and big contingents of it are now on the march. They're strategizing, organizing and mobilizing against the immoral economics of inequality being hung around America's neck by the likes of Wal-Mart, McDonald's and colleges.

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Universal Pre-K? Ask These Red State Republicans and Then Ask Grover Norquist
Joe Conason
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Among the biggest policy mistakes of the past 50 years is our continuing failure to provide quality early childhood education to all of America's kids. For children, families and society as a whole, the benefits of "universal pre-K" are not only significant and well-documented, but offset the financial cost many times over. Although we've been aware of these basic facts since the early '60s, most politicians have preferred to squander billions of dollars ...

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A Poor Educational System
Jim Hightower
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There’s a growing army of the working poor in our nation, and big contingents of these folks are now on the march. They’re strategizing, organizing, and mobilizing against the immoral economics of inequality being hung around America’s neck by the likes of Walmart, McDonald’s, and colleges.

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The Connection Between Poverty and Education
David Sirota
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Google the phrase "education crisis" and you'll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency. Much of this agitprop additionally asserts that teachers unions are the primary cause of the alleged problem. Not surprisingly, the fabulists ...

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The New High School Diploma
David Sirota
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Whether or not President Obama's recent education-themed speeches are in direct response to Matt Taibbi's must-read Rolling Stone magazine article on the college loan crisis, it is great news that the White House is now taking the crisis more seriously. The credit bubble in college loans has ballooned into a systemic threat to the nation's economy. Additionally, as Taibbi documents, economic and political trends are now forcing an entire generation into a truly ...

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A Civics Lesson from America’s Education Debate
David Sirota
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Paradoxes come in all different forms, but here's one that perfectly fits this Gilded Age: The most significant lesson from the ongoing debate about American education has little to do with schools and everything to do with money. This lesson comes from a series of recent scandals that expose the financial motives of the leaders of ...

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Solving the Student Debt Crisis
Jim Hightower
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Well, finally! Hard-right congressional leaders and the Obama White House ultimately agreed that interest rates on student loans should not double to nearly 7 percent, as they let happen early in July. Instead, college students will be billed at a rate that will steadily rise to above 8 percent.

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Forget Student Loans: Make Higher Ed Free
Jim Hightower
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Well, finally! Hard-right congressional leaders and the Obama White House have agreed that interest rates on student loans should not double to nearly 7 percent, as they let happen early in July. Instead, college students will be billed at a rate that will steadily rise higher than 8 percent.

This is progress?

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Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough?
Ellen Brown
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On July 1, interest rates will double for millions of students – from 3.4% to 6.8% – unless Congress acts; and the legislative fixes on the table are largely just compromises. Only one proposal promises real relief – Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Bank on ...

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Let Us Commence Toward the Common Good
Jim Hightower
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Ironically, June is both the month of the summer solstice and of America's biggest annual blizzard.

I don't mean a weather event blowing in from the Arctic, but a merciless ...

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Student Loans on the Cheap
Dean Baker
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Last month Senator Elizabeth Warren put forward her first bill as a senator, a proposal to allow students to borrow for college at a 0.75 percent interest rate, the same rate that the Federal Reserve Board charges banks for borrowing reserves. In putting forward the bill Warren noted the rapid run up in student debt at a time when recent graduates face an especially bleak job ...

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NOC BULLHORN

Food Health

Grassroots groups are continuing the right for a more just food system from Palestine to the rural areas of Washington D.C.

Fracking

Environmental organizations filed a motion to uphold a ban on fracking, which was enacted in Longmont, Colorado back in 2012.

Genetically Modified Foods

Take action today and help defend Vermont’s strong constitutional law and put an end to Monsanto and other GMO food manufacturers’ propaganda campaign.

Internet

Big Telecom and their supplicants want to regulate your Internet and make online services more expensive.

Fracking

Fracking has been introduced into many states, making the U.S. a major gas producer, but activist are trying to stop this as it is hazardous to our environment.

Animals

Irrawaddy dolphins have already classified as critically endangered but are now facing further extinction.

Internet

Millions of people around the web took action against Big Internet provider companies on Sept. 10 to combat the potential Internet slowdown we could all soon face.

Occupy Wall Street

Sept. 17 marks the third anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and the movement is celebrating independent and progressive media.

Food Health

Vermont was the first state to pass a law requiring labels be put on GMO foods, and it is already under attack.

Bee Protection

Pollinating insects and animals are vital to the world.

Climate Change

Representing over 200 million people around the world, groups declare: “To deal with the crisis, we must address the root causes and change the system.”

Politics

New 'Nuns on the Bus' tour aims to tackle issue of big money influence on politics.

Oil

Two hundred forty-five Boston University faculty members ask President and Board of Trustees to divest its endowment from oil, gas and coal companies.

Health

The primary source of exposure of bisphenol A or BPA is through the diet, yet the FDA allows this toxic chemical, which is linked to cancer and other diseases, to be used in most food and drink packaging.

Food Health

It’s an ongoing debate whether raw milk is safe for human consumption.

FROM THE BLOGS

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