VOICES FOR CHANGE

Do-Nothing Congress Takes a Vacation
Jim Hightower
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Gosh, has it already been three weeks since Congress took a vacation?

Those poor stiffs must be pooped from trying to catch up on all the heavy lifting that piled up while they were away from their lawmaking duties. And — gosh, again — in just a few days, Congress will go back on vacation, this time for a five-week summer recess. So much to do; so little time.

That's why GOP Speaker John Boehner is now cracking the whip. He's spurring his colleagues to pick ...

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Win: EPA Denies Texas’ Farmers Request to Use Dangerous Herbicide on Fields
Christina Sarich
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Natural Society reported just weeks ago that Texas farmers wanted to pour an unlicensed herbicide all over 3 million acres of genetically modified cotton in an ‘emergency’ attempt to stop the forward advance of superweeds taking over the farmer’s fields. In a surprising turn of events, the U.S. Environmental Protection ...

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Win! U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Ban Use of Bee, Bird and Butterfly-Killing Neonicotinoids
Christina Sarich
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Due in part to a petition submitted by the Center for Food Safety (CFS), one government agency has come to its senses, agreeing to eliminate bee and butterfly-toxic neonicotinoids in the Pacific Region of the NW Wildlife Refuges.

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) very quietly announced that it will phase out neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) in wildlife refuges in the Pacific Region, including Hawaii and other Pacific Islands, Idaho, Oregon, and ...

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The Increasing Irrelevance of Corporate Nationality
Robert Reich
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“You shouldn’t get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from the American taxpayers,” President Obama said Thursday.

 

He was referring to American corporations now busily acquiring foreign companies in order to become non-American, thereby reducing their U.S. tax bill.

 

But the President might as well have been talking about all large American multinationals.

 

Only about a fifth of ...

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Astoundingly Legal Corporate Tax Thievery
Jim Hightower
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Did you scramble to get your taxes done this year at the last minute? Yeah, me too.

 

I really didn’t mind paying what I owe — but I hate having to pay the taxes owed by the likes of JPMorgan Chase, ExxonMobil, and Amazon. They’re just a few of the astonishingly profitable corporations adept at minimizing their tax tabs. That shifts more of the cost of everything from the military to national parks onto our shoulders. 

 

We ...

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Kansas Experiment Blows Up Laboratory of Democracy
Joe Conason
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When Louis Brandeis wrote in 1932 that a "single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country," he was suggesting that state innovations might advance reform on the federal level. The progressive ...

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Do-Nothing Congress Does Something to Hide Its Debt to Lobbyists
Jim Hightower
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When I heard our Congress critters are taking an extended vacation for all of August and part of September, I had two incongruous reactions: gratitude and anger.

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UN: Israel’s Military Action in Gaza May Amount to War Crimes
Juan Cole
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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday that Israel’s military actions are responsible for the death of a child every hour in recent days and observed, “Respect for the right to life of civilians, including children, should be a foremost consideration. Not abiding by these principles may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.” (see below).  That is, in international law, Israel’s pretext for indiscriminate ...

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Stadium Subsidies Financed by Pension Cuts
David Sirota
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As states and cities grapple with budget shortfalls, many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams.

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Cheap Talk at the Fed
Dean Baker
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Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen made waves in her Congressional testimony last week when she argued that social media and biotech stocks were over-valued. She also said that the price of junk bonds was out of line with historic experience. By making these assertions in a highly visible public forum, Yellen was using the power of the Fed’s megaphone to stem the growth of incipient bubbles. This is an approach that some of us have advocated for close to twenty ...

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Gaza War Devastates Israeli Tourism Revenue, Points to Fragile Apartheid Future
Juan Cole
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A Hamas rocket hit and destroyed a house in Yahoud, a town only a mile from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel on Tuesday, raising severe alarm in among the international airlines and leading most of them to cancel flights to Tel Aviv.  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration called for a 24 hour moratorium on U.S. flights to Israel, and United Airlines, U.S. Airways and Delta Air lines said they would cease flying there “until further notice.”  The European Aviation ...

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Citigroup’s $7 Billion Wrist Slap
Jim Hightower
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When Citigroup accepted what the media hailed as a whopping $7 billion penalty for defrauding its own investors and wrecking our economy, the bank just shrugged.

 

“We believe that this settlement is in the best interest of our shareholders and allows us to move forward and to focus on the future,” Citi CEO Michael Corbat said.

 

Note the lack of any regret, apology, or shame. And the total absence of any pledge that the bankers won’t do ...

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Can a $7 Billion Penalty Be a Good Deal?
Jim Hightower
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Media outlets across the country trumpeted the stunning news with headlines like this: "Citigroup Punished."

At last, went the storyline, the Justice Department brought down ...

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Will the Blabbermouths Wake Democrats Up?
Froma Harrop
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It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans' ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once predictable waltz into November is threatened by blabbermouths of the right's seeking self-aggrandizement by hurling darts at the sleeping Democratic bear. 

 

It's not that they don't know better. It's that their fame and fortune rests not on electing Republicans but on nurturing their ...

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The Actor and the Minister
Chris Hedges
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On June 30 I was at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, which had turned its hall over to Michael Milligan, traveling the country performing his one-man play about a husband and wife trapped in our dysfunctional health care system. I arrived early at the stone church, whose present structure was erected in 1853, to help set up the chairs and clear the stage. The minister, the Rev. Terry Burke, who was a classmate of mine at Harvard Divinity School, officially ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted every day as ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

 

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

 

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted ...

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Rand Paul to Rick Perry: Why Send US Troops to an Iraq that Won’t Defend Itself?
Juan Cole
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, apparently considering another run for president (assuming he can remember to do it), attacked Rand Paul as an “isolationist,” calling him “blind” to the danger of international “terrorism” and pointing especially to the rise of the so-called Islamic State in ...

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Requiem for the American Century
Tom Engelhardt
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First Paragraphs on Turning 70 in the American Century That Was

* Seventy-three years ago, on February 17, 1941, as a second devastating global war approached, Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Life magazines, called on his countrymen to “create the first great American Century.”  Luce died in 1967 at age 69.  Life, the pictorial magazine no home would have been without in my 1950s ...

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Food – Thou Shall Not Waste
Silvia Giannelli
News Report
Behind Door Number Three in Iraq
Mary Ann Tétreault
Op-Ed
The Non-Eclipse of America
John K. Hurley and Norton A. Schwartz
Op-Ed
The Real Raw Material of Wealth
Ricardo Hausmann
Op-Ed
POLITICAL IMAGE
Stephen Pitt
Politcal Image

NOC BULLHORN

Gun Rights

The Second Amendment needs to be updated to reflect the growing danger of guns.

Education

"Poets With a Cause” is a group of artists who are banding together to voice their opposition to school closures.

Organic Food

Spread the word, go organic!

Human Rights

The house collectively promotes art and culture in a neighborhood that is known for its social problems related to violence and poverty.

Internet

Protect the Internet...don't Kill it.

Segregation

Politicians and military leaders continue to promote violence...while a simple dance teacher brings communities together.

Environment

NHL leading the way to promote green business practices...Will other sports teams join in?

Monsanto Greed

Stand up to Monsanto and tell the Obama Administration to support mandatory GMO labeling.

Agriculture

El Salvador famers are fighting back against the Monsta.

Fracking

Fracking is nowhere to be seen in Germany’s future.

Food Health

A settlement by West Virginia Supreme Court ordered Monsanto to start paying victims of dioxin exposure.

Fracking

Fracking is nowhere to be seen in Germany's near future.

Tar Sands

The measure is intended to stop ExxonMobil and partner companies from bringing Albertan tar-sands oil east through an aging pipeline network to the city’s waterfront.

Agriculture

Could small, biodiverse farms help the Aloha State transition to growing enough food to feed itself?

Climate Change

This is an invitation to change everything.

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