Sunday, September 14, 2014 / PROGRESSIVE JOURNALISM FOR POSITIVE ACTION
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Michael Payne
Op-Ed

Unsealed court documents reveal the U.S. government threatened Yahoo Inc. with $250,000 daily fines for refusing to hand over customer data to intelligence agencies in 2008. After losing in court, Yahoo and many major U.S. telecommunications corporations became complicit in the mass surveillance programs revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Taking desperate measures to ensure its secrecy, the government has rewritten the law to allow infringements upon the Fourth Amendment. Instead ...

Workers Shut Down Chipotle Store Over ‘Borderline Sweatshop Conditions’
Bryce Covert
News Report

A Chipotle location in State College, Pennsylvania was shut down for several hours on Wednesday after workers walked out, posting a sign about what it’s like to work there. “Ask your corporate offices why their employees are forced to work in borderline sweatshop conditions,” the sign read. The sign claimed, “Almost the entire management and crew have resigned.” The company has confirmed that a few employees quit, thus locking out the other workers who it says were “enthusiastic” to get back to ...

Robert J. Shiller
Op-Ed

The depression that followed the stock-market crash of 1929 took a turn for the worse eight years later, and recovery came only with the enormous economic stimulus provided by World War II, a conflict that cost more than 60 million lives. By the time recovery finally arrived, much of Europe and Asia lay in ruins. The current world situation is not nearly so dire, but there are parallels, particularly to 1937. Now, as then, people have been disappointed for a long time, and many are ...

Reading Hamilton From the Left
Christian Parenti
Op-Ed

Two hundred years ago, Alexander Hamilton was mortally wounded by then Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel at Weehawken, New Jersey. Their conflict, stemming from essays Hamilton had penned against Burr, was an episode in a larger clash between two political ideologies: that of Thomas Jefferson and the anti-Federalists, who argued for an agrarian economy and a weak central government, versus that of Hamilton and the Federalists, who championed a strong central state and an industrial ...

Robert Reich
Op-Ed

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 future of ...

VOICES FOR CHANGE

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 ...

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Annie’s Sells Out to General Mills: Watch Out for GMOs in this Popular ‘Natural’ Brand
Christina Sarich
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Annie’s brand is selling out to the food manufacturing giant, General Mills, who has been known to use GMO rice, corn, soy as well as high fructose corn syrup in most of their products. Annie’s boxes of ...

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Shareholders’ Quest for More Transparency
David Sirota
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If you own a share of a company, how much information about the company are you entitled to? That is the question embedded in the debate over a proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule that would force publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending to their shareholders.

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 There are Limits: Ecological and Social Implications of Trans and Climate Change
Robert Jensen
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We are biological creatures, part of an ecosphere, living in communities. Like any other organism, our genetic code sets parameters within which we live. The ecosphere is governed by laws of physics and chemistry that set the parameters within which all organisms exist. And we encounter the world not as isolated, independent individuals but through social systems that affect how we understand ourselves and the possibilities for our lives. Stated this generally, few ...

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Joe Conason
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Minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy the terrorist organization the Islamic State, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers. He should have kept a "residual force" in Iraq, complained Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and he is to blame for the Islamic State's advances. He sounds just like George W. Bush, gloated former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and he is reluctantly enacting the ...

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Norman Solomon
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The editorial board of the New York Times has an Orwellian knack for war. Sixteen months ago, when President Obama gave oratorical lip service to ending “perpetual war,” the newspaper quickly touted that end as a democratic necessity. But now -- in response to Obama’s speech Wednesday night announcing escalation of war without plausible end -- ...

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BP and the Three Stooges Defense
Greg Palast
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Forget Stephen King. If you want scary, read U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s 150-page Findings of Fact released Thursday in the Deepwater Horizon case.Although the judge found BP liable for “gross negligence,” some U.S. media failed to mention that Barbier let BP off the hook on punitive damages. And that stuns me, given ...

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That Gosh Darn Minimum Wage
Jim Hightower
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell feels put upon just for having to talk about increasing the pay of the country's working poor.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to share his long-repressed feelings about a traumatic event. “It was,” the Kentucky Republican confided, grim-faced, “the worst day of my political life.”Was he talking about the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America? No.McConnell was reflecting on ...

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Big Business Billionaires to Continue Buying Elections in the US
Christina Sarich
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Although there has been little bipartisan support of bills that would limit the corporate fire-sale which has become the election process in America, just a few days ago, not a single Senate Republican voted in favor of putting a check on unlimited money in politics by supporting a ...

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Will it Be a 3 Years War? Obama to Bomb Syria in Fight Against ISIS
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.Juliet Eilperin and David Nakamura at ...

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NOC BULLHORN

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.

Animals

Researchers scoured Tasmania searching for evidence the Tasmania Tiger still exists and will use its findings to better protect the 2,000-year-old animal’s existence.

9/11

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth has placed a massive, 45-foot video billboard of World Trade Center 7's destruction in Times Square which is timed to run for the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and on through October 5th.

Animals

These pollinators are at risk, but communities are banding together to save Monarch butterflies from extinction.

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