Congress Is About to Take Food Away From the Poorest People in America

Between 500,000 and 1 million people nationwide, most of them living in extreme poverty, will soon lose their SNAP benefits.

By Michelle Chen on Twitter

Mar. 9th, 2016 – 1:57 PM

A sign announces the acceptance of food stamps at a farmers’ market in Roseville, California. (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli)

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Why so little prosecution?

Elizabeth Warren: What do you think are the real reasons that no Wall Street executives have been prosecuted for fraud as a result of the 2008 financial crisis?

Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator for Massachusetts

This gags me. I recently put out a report called “Rigged Justice” – highlighting 20 of the worst federal enforcement failures […]

Peer reviewed paper on Plos One sparks concern

Paper Claiming Human Hand Was “Designed by Creator” Sparks Concern

Allegations of creationist research prompt new round of debate about peer review and the editing process at journals

By Daniel Cressey, Nature magazine on March 4, 2016 Was the human hand designed by a Creator? A paper in PLoS ONE seems to suggest it.PDArt/Wikimedia […]

The energy war of attrition

Energy Wars of Attrition Author: AEP Tuesday, March 08, 2016 5:52 PM

Energy Wars of Attrition By Michael T. Klare

Three and a half years ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA) triggered headlines around the world by predicting that the United States would overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world’s leading oil producer by […]

Quora: “Why has Trump had so much success?”

Originally Answered: Noam Chomsky: Why is Donald Trump having so much success during this election cycle? ****** Though we do not have detailed data, it appears that Trump is appealing primarily to less educated white sectors of the population, lower middle class and working class, people who are angry, frustrated, frightened, bitter about the fact […]

Donald Trump, America’s Own Silvio Berlusconi

Alexander Stille via The Intercept – Mar. 7 2016, 7:43 a.m.

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AS A WRITER who has covered Silvio Berlusconi since he became Italy’s prime minister in 1994, it has been difficult not to be overcome with a powerful sense of déjà vu all over again […]

Financial advisor caution

Beware of your financial adviser

via WonkBlog – by Harold Pollack March 7 at 7:00 AM FILE – In this file photo taken Feb. 2, 2011, a wallet containing cash and a Visa card is displayed in Surfside, Fla. In a week-long series of stories beginning Monday, March 28, The Associated Press, will […]

Libya – the other intervention done wrong

via Shadowproof – Mar. 2016

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The aftermath of the regime change operation in Libya has become even more horrific, as the United States resumes bombing. The intelligence behind the latest decision to escalate military action in Libya is believed to be faulty again. Re-escalation of military operations by Western forces in Libya comes amidst […]

The power of “yes we can”

Three Times When the World Broke Open — and Two When It Might Again In Praise of Impractical Movements By Mark Engler and Paul Engler via TomDispatch – Mar. 2016

Bernie Sanders’s insurgent presidential campaign has opened up a debate about how social change happens in our society. The official version of how progress is […]

What do WingNuts -believe-

A Big List of WingNut Ideas as seen by others…

**************** 1) America was founded on Christian principles of love and tolerance and Republicans reserve the right to kill or torture anyone who thinks otherwise a. America has the freedom of religion, except for religions Republicans don’t like 2) Any time science contradicts religion, […]

Detecting bullshit

“It is possible that some people tend to rate vacuous statements as profound because they do not understand the statements but don’t want to appear stupid. This is the “emperor’s new clothes” phenomenon. They assume their lack of understanding means the statement must have hidden meaning, perhaps because they lack the confidence to base […]

The negative side of positive psychology

by Carol Tavris – article is from Carol Tavris’ column, “The Gadfly,” that appeared in Skeptic magazine 19.3 (2014).

In his book One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life, Mitch Horowitz reports with pride how he responded to a task assigned to him by the teacher of a spiritual group. For a […]

Killing Someone Else’s Beloved

Promoting the American Way of War in Campaign 2016 By Mattea Kramer on TomDispatch – Mar. 2016

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The crowd that gathered in an airplane hangar in the desert roared with excitement when the man on stage vowed to murder women and children.

It was just another Donald […]

Matt Taibbi’s article in Rolling Stone – Feb. 2016 regarding Trump

How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable

He’s no ordinary con man. He’s way above average — and the American political system is his easiest mark ever

via Rolling Stone – by Matt Taibbi February 24, 2016

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The presidential election campaign is really just a badly […]

Mitt Romney gives a speech about Trump

Here’s the Full Text of Mitt Romney’s Speech on Donald Trump By Stefan Becket March 03, 2016 On Thursday, former Republican presidential nominee gave a speech on the state of the 2016 presidential race, taking aim at Donald Trump. You can read his prepared remarks, delivered at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University […]

Researchers have found strong evidence that racism helps the GOP win

Researchers have found strong evidence that racism helps the GOP win

via Wonk Blog – by Max Ehrenfreund March 3 at 5:55 AM (Rachel Orr/The Washington Post; iStock)

In thousands and thousands of unmarked cemeteries throughout the South, the gradual decay of human remains forms shallow depressions in the earth. There is no […]

Ambassador Joe Wilson’s 2010 email to Sec. Hillary Clinton

UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05772428 Date: 02/29/2016

RELEASE IN FULL

PERSONAL

September 13, 2010

Dear Madame Secretary,

My trip to Baghdad (September 6-11) has left me slack jawed. I have struggled to find the correct historical analogy to describe a vibrant, historically important Middle Eastern city being slowly bled […]

South State Bank – ACH Fee Ripoff

We have previously written here about the exorbitant fees charged by some Banks for overdrafts, and today we have a case study in the perfidy of this practice by a local branch of the South Carolina based South State Bank. SSB took over at this location from two previous Banks which failed as a […]

Coming apart at the seams…

The US presidential election reflects forces that will tear Western society apart unless capital ownership expands beyond the elite.

On February 29, 2016, Dr. Norman Bailey writes on Globes:

There is a bitter joke in the US that every two years the American people are asked to choose between the stupid party and the evil […]

Resources for addicted veterans

We recently received the following email message which might be helpful to those coping with addiction, and other health issues of veterans

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“I came across this page of your site http://www.bizmarts.com/rec/2005_05_01_arc.html and noticed that you are linking to http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.levelc&cid=127 and other resources for servicemen and women. I wanted […]