OMG: Strumpf gives a “foreign policy” speech that is cringe-worthy !

Read Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech

via Time Magazine – Ryan Teague Beckwith @ryanbeckwith

12:57 PM ET Updated: 1:37 PM ET

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald sTrumpf outlined an “America first” foreign policy approach in what was billed as a major address at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Here is a […]

Scientific responses to climate change denier arguments

Note: There exists an over-whelming consensus by climate scientists around the World that climate change is a clear and present danger to life on this planet.

Deniers who do not either want to acknowledge the ramifications, or accept the policies which are necessary to address the issues, or are financially or politically rooted in denial […]

21st Century Equivalent of the REA

 

Dear Reader,

In the late 1930s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act, or REA, into law. The idea was simple — every farm, every ranch, every rural town and all the people in it should have access to reliable, affordable electricity. Electricity should be universal.

The REA lit up the […]

Another voice on where we are heading

George Monbiot: Never-Ending Growth Cannot Be Sustained on a Finite Planet

Sunday, 17 April 2016 by Mark Karlin, on Truthout | Interview

* * * * Corruption, systemic injustice and an obsession with growth and profit at all costs have put our planet in serious jeopardy. Drawing on decades of powerful journalism, in […]

what does it take for a country to raise taxes on the rich?

The One Thing, Historically, That’s Prompted Countries to Raise Taxes on the Rich

It’s not income inequality and it’s not left-leaning politicians. It’s a national draft.

French Canadians troops arrive at Buckingham Palace in London on May 7, 1940.AP Photo Five years ago, the billionaire Warren Buffett highlighted the fact that although the […]

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Criminology American style needs massive structural change

Mass Incarceration Was a Huge Mistake—Here’s What Needs to Change

Author: Michael Tonry, Oxford University Press – April 04, 2016

In America, all the things that can go wrong with criminal justice have done so.

The following is an excerpt from the new book Sentencing Fragments by Michael Tonry (Oxford University Press, 2016):

Mass incarceration […]

Nostalgia & Marriage

Americans Are Nostalgic for a Family Life That Never Existed Author: Stephanie Coontz, Basic Books Thursday, March 31, 2016 1:32 PM Selective memory leads grown-ups to try to re-create a past that never existed.

The following is an adapted excerpt from the updated edition of The Way We Never Were by Stephanie Coontz (Basic […]

“The Bitch is Back” or Rosa Klebb & Ayn Rand: together at last

by Andrew Corsello in GQ – Oct. 2009

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2009’s 2012’s most influential author (especially if you are Paul Ryan) is a mirthless Russian-American who loves money, hates God, and swings a gigantic dick. She died in 1982, but her spawn soldier on. And the Great Recession is all their fault.

The experience of […]

A matter of semantics or …

Fighting Israeli Occupying Forces Is “Terrorism.” Boycotting Is “Anti-Semitism.” What’s Allowed? Author: Glenn Greenwald Sunday, April 03, 2016 10:37 AM

THAT “TERRORISM” IS a malleable term of propaganda, with no fixed meaning or consistent application, is now quite well-established. Still, its recent application to a spate of violence targeting Israel’s occupying soldiers in the […]

Krugman doesn’t understand the 2008 Financial Crisis…

Paul Krugman Doesn’t Understand The 2008 Financial Crisis Author: Dan Wright Friday, April 08, 2016 1:37 PM

Nobel-prize winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman does not understand the 2008 financial crisis. How this occurred is a mystery, given Krugman clearly has access to all the available information and analysis that has […]

Corporate parasites: Part 3 of …

‘Excuse us, Sir – Do you need any help with that chocolate pudding?’

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The ‘helpfulness’ of corporations con…

by Richard @ Bizmarts – Apr. 2016

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The appeals come wrapped in notions of utility and helpfulness. “We are here to help you make better use of your time”, or “we know you are […]

Introduction & Excerpt to Andrew Bacevich’s new book: “America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History”

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Presidential Wars Posted by Andrew Bacevich at 8:00am, April 5, 2016. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch.

Introduction and note for TomDispatch Readers: Here’s a special offer for you today. A TD favorite, bestselling author Andrew Bacevich, has just published America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History, a stunning […]

Microsoft’s Charm Offensive

Microsoft’s Charm Offensive Against GNU/Linux Uses the Same Media Strategy Donald Trump Uses

by Dr. Roy Schestowitz – Apr. 3rd, 2016

Harm offensive or charm offensive? “A campaign of flattery, friendliness, and cajolement designed to achieve the support or agreement of others” –Oxford Dictionary

“I once preached peaceful coexistence with Windows. You may laugh at […]

Tax avoidance international

Parking the Big Money Cass R. Sunstein – January 14, 2016 Issue The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens by Gabriel Zucman, translated from the French by Teresa Lavender Fagan, with a foreword by Thomas Piketty University of Chicago Press, 129 pp., $20.00 The Price We Pay a film directed by Harold […]

The Ten Steps: by Naomi Wolf

(via Wikipedia – Apr. 2016)

The End of America

In The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, Naomi Wolf takes a historical look at the rise of fascism, outlining 10 steps necessary for a fascist group (or government) to destroy the democratic character of a nation-state and subvert the social/political liberty […]

GLUT: The U.S. Economy and the American Worker in the Age of Oversupply

The U.S. Economy in the Age of Oversupply

Published April 4, 2016 by Daniel Alpert

JUMP TO The Age of Oversupply This Time Really IS Different The Mysterious Labor Situation in the United States Technology, the Productivity Dilemma, and the Competitive Global Labor Force Inflation: Goods, Services, Assets, and the […]

Another perspective on stagnation, low wages, and “The Third Way”

The Third Way: The World Has Too Many Workers via WonkBlog By Jim Tankersley April 4 at 9:32 PM Construction workers work on a railway in Kenya. (EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU)

Maybe everyone is overcomplicating America’s economic challenges today. Maybe there are no deep mysteries behind the slow growth, the stagnating incomes and the widespread economic […]

WMD – UK evidence

Popular on Quora Can it finally be said that George W. Bush didn’t lie about WMD’s in Iraq?

Carne William Ross, Former British diplomat; Exec director of Independent Diplomat; writer

Astonishing question. But just to set the record straight (again). I was the UK’s WMD and Iraq specialist for the UK mission to the […]

Who’s Regulating For-Profit Schools?

Who’s Regulating For-Profit Schools? Execs From For-Profit Colleges

And many of them come from schools that have been under investigation.

Albert C. Gray, president of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, during a Senate hearing in June. (help.senate.gov)

This story was co-published […]