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Walking is Going Places: Foot Power, Happiness, and the Common Good
Walking is going places. Humans’ most common pastime--forsaken for decades as too slow and too much effort-- is now recognized as a health breakthrough, an economic catalyst and a route to happiness. Real Simple magazine (circulation: 2 million) declared “walking America’s untrendiest trend” in its...
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Upping Ante on Fossil Fuel Divestment, Harvard Students File Suit Against University
Seven students at Harvard University, among the most prestigious and wealthiest educational institutions in the world, have filed a lawsuit against the corporate entity which governs the school charging that refusal to divest its financial holdings from the fossil fuel industry is a "mismanagement...
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Rich Fools: Confoundingly Oblivious Walmart Still Says Give To Your Co-Workers So We Don't Have To
They did it again! Despite massive backlash when they pulled this crap last year, Walmart is again holding in-store food drives with bins asking "associates" to "succeed" by helping out co-workers who are hungry and in need because the company that last year raked in profits of $16 billion -...
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Kucinich: Weary Nation 'Must Not Cede to Forces of Destruction'
If Americans can look beyond the political theater of the current lame-duck Congress and the uneasy prospect of Republicans taking over Capitol Hill come January, they could begin to restore a badly broken democracy, says former congressman and two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. "When...
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Our Carbon-Filled World
With U.S. corporate interests revved up to plunder ever more fossil fuel, NASA has released a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - the deadly result of all that plunder - travels around the globe. Called a “Nature Run,” the ultra-high resolution visualization, shown for the...
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Ferguson and the 'Us vs. Them' Illusion
As the grand jury’s decision on whether nor not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson loomed, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told a TV reporter “ he’s preparing for peace and war .” What the governor did, in the tense uncertainty preceding the decision, was pre-declare a state of emergency and...
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Elizabeth Warren Rocks, And Eviscerates Another Squirming Swindling Bureaucrat
When Harry Reid announced a new Senate Democratic leadership role for Elizabeth Warren, he was asked what he expected her to do. His response: "I expect her to be Elizabeth Warren." And now she is. A day after meeting with Walmart workers and vowing to fight for them, she decimated the new head of...
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This Publicly-Owned Bank Is Outperforming Wall Street
While 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state’s bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry. So reports the Wall Street Journal this week , discussing the Bank of North Dakota (BND) and its striking success in...
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Offering Model for World, Students in the UK March for 'Free Education'
Those are the calls being voiced in the streets of London on Wednesday as thousands of students marched for publicly-funded ("free") education nationwide. The protest was also billed as a direct challenge to austerity cuts to higher education imposed by the conservative government led by David...
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You Are Not A Loan: It's Time to Bring Student Debt Down to Zero
The American higher education system is broken: between predatory student lenders, rapacious for-profit colleges, skyrocketing tuition rates and the number of people taking on a lifetime’s worth of debt before they can legally drink, the current system is not sustainable. Instead of providing a...
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