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Lewis Lapham

Lapham's Quarterly

June 12th, 2011

The Midas Touch

[A longer version of this essay appears in "Food," the Summer 2011 issue of Lapham's Quarterly and is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine.] Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

June 12th, 2011

What If UK Drops Out of All US Wars?

LONDON -- Before long public pressure might just lead Britain to drop out of participation in US wars, a move that would seriously damage future pretenses of acting as an international coalition.I've spent the past few days here in London talking with leaders of the Stop the War Coalition, sitting ... continue reading

Dan DeWalt

Woodworker, Musician, Activist

June 11th, 2011

A Call to Arms, Legs, Hearts and Minds

Friends,2011 is our year for mobilization to make sure that Vermont Yankee closes down as scheduled. We hope that the federal courts don't usurp Vermont's right to govern what happens in our state. But if they do, we must be ready to respond by March 21 2012, the day VY's ... continue reading

Don Soeken

Social Worker

June 10th, 2011

Disturbing New Statistics Show Huge Percentage Of Financial Fraud Against U.S. Government Comes From Healthcare Industry

Ever wondered who the biggest culprits are, when it comes to defrauding the taxpayers of the United States?The answer to that question may surprise you.According to some shocking new statistics from the nonprofit Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF) public interest group, the ranks of the admitted federal cheaters are occupied almost ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

June 10th, 2011

The faith-based economics of deficit reduction

Sometimes, it can be fun to get inside a crazy worldview to ask how it deals with contradictory evidence. For example, how do creationists reconcile their view that all plants and animals were created in their current form around 10,000 years ago, with fossil evidence of life forms dating back ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

June 9th, 2011

Police State Much?

“Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized.” Steve Allen “Patriotic” Americans are still berating me for “demeaning” my son’s “sacrifice.” A typical message goes something like this: “Your son died to give you the right to spew your filth against this country. If it wasn’t for the military and people like your son, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 9th, 2011

Would We Like to Have a Trillion More Every Year and No Recession?

Is anyone listening?  Republican fiscal conservatives?  Democratic Blue Dogs?  Taxpaying, flag waving, deficit hating, market loving friends from coast-to-coast? "That means if we just scrapped our system and adopted any other wealthy country's system, at a minimum we would have a trillion dollars more a year for pay raises, for investment ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

June 9th, 2011

100% Scared

Here’s a scenario to chill you to the bone:  Without warning, the network -- a set of terrorist super cells -- struck in northern Germany and Germans began to fall by the hundreds, then thousands.  As panic spread, hospitals were overwhelmed with the severely wounded.  More than 20 of the ... continue reading

Ann Wright

Retired State Dept. Official

June 9th, 2011

“Lawfare” is the latest form of Israeli-AIPAC attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Israel is hard at work to stop international citizen activists groups from 22 countries that form the Gaza Freedom Flotilla from sailing in less than 3 weeks to bring international attention to Israel’s brutal siege on Gaza. As a part of Israeli government propaganda, the civil society to civil society ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

June 8th, 2011

Firewater and Fracking: Who Can We Trust?

"Firewater?" will be on the Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC from this Wednesday June 8 to this Friday June 10, 2011, at 4pm. I want you to join me on a journey into the heart of our political discourse. It starts with a question that we've been wrestling with for ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

June 7th, 2011

Political Advice to Republicans on Medicare

The Republicans are very upset that their vote for Representative Ryan's plan to end Medicare is being used against them. The loss of an upstate New York congressional seat that they held for 50 years was quite a shock. Furthermore, groups are already using this vote in attack ads around ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

June 7th, 2011

DAILY DOGGEREL RE CURRENT EVENTS

Joan Wile, founder of Grandmothers Against the War, and author, "Grandmothers Against the War:  Getting Off Our Fannies and Standing Up for Peace" (Citadel Press, '08), as well as an award-winning ASCAP lyricist and composer, recently launched "Daily Doggerel Re Current Events" online.  Joan is writing a short poem (observing ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

June 7th, 2011

Troop morale plummets in a war without purpose

The Associated Press reports that soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan are suffering the highest rates of psychological problems since 2005. Similarly, troop morale is down the drain.The reason for this is no mystery. A military report found that up to 80 percent of troops have witnessed a friend being killed ... continue reading

Peter Van Buren

Author, 'We Meant Well'

June 7th, 2011

Occupying Iraq, State Department-Style

Way out on the edge of Forward Operating Base Hammer, where I lived for much of my year in Iraq as a Provincial Reconstruction Team leader for the U.S. Department of State, there were several small hills, lumps of raised dirt on the otherwise frying-pan-flat desert. These were “tells,” ancient ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

June 7th, 2011

Tennis Anyone? What Li Na's Grand Slam Win Tells Us About China

Crossposted from The Nation's blogThe Women's Tennis Association could not be happier today. With her victory in the French Open on Saturday, Li Na became the first Chinese tennis player to win a major singles championship. Her historic triumph brings an unprecedented opportunity to market the sport to China’s perceived ... continue reading

Michael Klare

Professor, Energy Expert

June 6th, 2011

The Global Energy Crisis Deepens

Here’s the good news about energy: thanks to rising oil prices and deteriorating economic conditions worldwide, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that global oil demand will not grow this year as much as once assumed, which may provide some temporary price relief at the gas pump.  In its May ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

June 6th, 2011

Our Tahrir Square: DC's Freedom Plaza on October 6th

When other nations' governments go off track, their people do something about it. In Tunisia and Egypt people have nonviolently claimed power in a way that has inspired Americans in Wisconsin and other states, as well as the people of Spain and the rest of the world. Washington, D.C., is ... continue reading

June 5th, 2011

Glenn Beck on Muslims, Obama and Michael Moore on the Glenn Beck Program

From Glenn Beck's radio show, June 2, 2011:...PAT GRAY: How does a guy who immigrated here from -- was it India? I think India. He's got Muslim parenthood and he comes here and he enjoys incredible success. The guy's a national television host and a best-selling author. He probably makes ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 5th, 2011

Stained Then Blamed for the Stain

It’s no secret that Americans think bankruptcy is for deadbeats, losers and folks with substandard moral character and work ethics.  The stain of a personal bankruptcy carries far wider and deeper than a negative credit rating.  For the rest of a bankrupt American’s life, the stain will be used as ... continue reading

David Mallon

Social Worker, Activist

June 4th, 2011

The Kaisers

Recently SHOWTIME started airing a new series called THE BORGIAS. Episode after episode of people in great costumes acting badly - I can't get enough of it!I'm a Licensed Medical Social Worker at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, with a background in psychology. Maybe that's why I have a bit ... continue reading

Medea Benjamin

Cofounder, CODEPINK

June 3rd, 2011

Come Dance With Me--and Thomas Jefferson

Dancing can be dangerous. In Ceausescu’s Romania I was arrested for dancing without a partner. In newly independent Guinea Bissau, my dancing partner was thrown in jail for boogying before the President and his wife had the first dance. In Cuba I was awoken at 4am to bail out a ... continue reading

Ann Wright

Retired State Dept. Official

June 3rd, 2011

What is Irresponsible and Provocative -- Israel’s Blockade of Gaza or The Gaza Flotilla?

In the latest Israeli diplomatic attempt to stop the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Israel leaned on the Obama administration to put heavy pressure on the Government of Turkey to refuse to allow Turkish ships to join the international citizen activist initiative to end Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza. Israeli diplomats have ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 3rd, 2011

Quiet Fighters for Healthcare Justice

As we continue to advocate for healthcare as a human right, at times I think it valuable to acknowledge those who aren’t in the spotlight or expecting to achieve immortality and personal accolades for their effort.  Millions of quiet fighters push forward every day through a system designed to stop ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

June 2nd, 2011

Senator Bernie Sanders Belongs on the Sunday Shows

"With a $1.6 trillion deficit," Sen. Bernie Sanders told Jon Stewart recently, "it is insane to think that the only way you're going to move toward a balanced budget is by slashing college Pell grants, by cutting Medicaid, by converting Medicare into a voucher program, by cutting programs that working ... continue reading

Bill McKibben

Founder, 350.org

June 2nd, 2011

Three Strikes and You’re Hot

In our globalized world, old-fashioned geography is not supposed to count for much: mountain ranges, deep-water ports, railroad grades -- those seem so nineteenth century. The earth is flat, or so I remember somebody saying. But those nostalgic for an earlier day, take heart. The Obama administration is making its ... continue reading

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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
9:40 PM
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
2:24 PM
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
12:35 PM
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? ...by Ray McGovern www.michaelmoore.com Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
9:25 PM
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