Views for 2009-08-24

Monday, August 24, 2009
Ralph Nader
Between the Rhetoric and the Reality
The Obama White House—full of supposedly smart political advisors led by the President of the “Change You Can Believe In” campaign movement of 2008—is in disarray. Worse, multiple, confusing...
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Farrah Hassen
Elections Unlikely Barometer for Change in Afghanistan
While the outcome of the Afghan elections won't be known for a few days at best, (raw polling data collected by media outlets suggests Hamid Karzai winning 72% of the vote, with his closest rival,...
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Sophia Murphy
Do We Need Industrial Agriculture to Feed the World?
Okay, only fair to warn you. I do not answer the question here. Second, the subject is not really one for a blog, more for a book. But it's important to say short things as well as long. Third, I...
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Thom Hartmann
Want to Stimulate the Economy? Lower the Retirement Age to 55 Now!
One of the most powerful forms of stimulus we could apply to our economy right now would be to lower the current Social Security retirement age from the current 65-67 to 55, and increase the benefits...
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Glenn Greenwald
Bush Critics: Still Evil, Crazy Extremists
Time's Joe Klein was at a beach party last weekend and was confronted about his recent, vague statement that "there are Democrats who are so solicitous of civil liberties that they would undermine...
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Frank Lipman
True Health Care Reform: 10 Missing Pieces
I applaud President Obama for his efforts. I too believe that everyone deserves proper healthcare and that access to healthcare must be a right for all. But I think Washington is barking up the wrong...
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Rob Smart
Is Whole Foods Losing Its Sustainable Luster?
Lost in the ear-splitting uproar over Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's controversial venture into the health care debate, is a bigger, though less subtle story.
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Charles Ferndale
The Fog of War in Afghanistan
On Newsnight on 20 August 2009 , while being interviewed by Gaven Esler, US General David Petraeus said that the Afghan war is "not a war of choice". He was echoing President Obama, Gordon Brown,...
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Paul Krugman
All the President’s Zombies
The debate over the “public option” in health care has been dismaying in many ways.
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Chris Hedges
This Isn’t Reform, It’s Robbery
Percentage change since 2002 in average premiums paid to large US health-insurance companies: +87% Percentage change in the profits of the top ten insurance companies: +428% Chances that an American...
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David Michael Green
My Country, Misery
So... Tom Ridge came clean this week. Woo-hoo. What a brave and selfless act. Reminds me of Colin Powell completely and totally kinda sorta dissing the Iraq invasion. Great to hear that everything we...
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Robert Freeman
The Debilitating Myth of the 'Free Market' Alternative
When choosing a pet, do you prefer unicorns or bunnies? I prefer unicorns because, though bunnies are undeniably snuggly, unicorns have a much better color. That lustrous pink fur beats out dull...
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