Views for 2010-09-30

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Bernie Sanders
Hands Off Social Security
A White House deficit commission is reportedly considering deep benefit cuts for Social Security, including a steep rise in the retirement age. We cannot let that happen. The deficit and our $13...
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Ray McGovern
Obama-Men: Innocents Abroad; Politicos at Home
Paging through Bob Woodward’s “Obama’s Wars,” I should not have been surprised that the index lacks any entry for “intelligence.” The excerpts that dribbled out earlier this week had made unavoidably...
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Caroline Wickham-Jones
What We Can Learn from Our Hunter-Gatherer Ancestors
As an archaeologist my work is rooted in the past. As an inhabitant of the 21st century, I try to be "green". As an academic I am keen to re-awaken interest in the ancient hunter-gatherer population...
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Naima Ramos-Chapman
'The New Racism is the Old Racism'
Sometimes the road to racial justice can feel like it’s paved with the coldest of stones, riddled with torturous twists and turns that seemingly lead to nowhere. It gets even harder when the powers...
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Tom Engelhardt
The War Addicts: 2016 and Then Some
Sometimes it’s the little things in the big stories that catch your eye. On Monday, theWashington Post ran the first of three pieces adapted from Bob Woodward’s new book Obama’s Wars , a vivid...
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Michael Moore
Dwight Was Right
So...it turns out President Eisenhower wasn't making up all that stuff about the military-industrial complex .
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Jeff Biggers
Big Coal Lobby Gets Big Taxpayer Payout
Party down, Big Coal lobbyists! Give those Ameren utility dudes a raise. After investing nearly $800,000 in political contributions , Big Coal utility giant Ameren just got confirmation that a pay...
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Antony Loewenstein
Privatisation - Financial Fundamentalism without Analysis of Real Costs
Last year's cessation of hostilities between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers, after up to 40,000 Tamil civilians were murdered in the last months of the conflict, has heralded a...
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Elizabeth DiNovella
Charmer in Chief
President Barack Obama rolled into Madison, Wisconsin, on a crisp fall afternoon to rally his base for the upcoming midterm election. He spoke on the stairs of U.W.-Madison’s Memorial Library to an...
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Jay Walljasper
How to Make Biking Mainstream: Lessons from the Dutch
Last spring, public officials from Madison, Wisconsin, returned home from a tour of the Netherlands, and within three weeks were implementing what they learned there about promoting bicycling on the...
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Tom Gallagher
On Not Drawing the Wrong Conclusions from Racial Disparities
One generally walks on eggshells when discussing race in America. And maybe that’s not such a bad thing, considering some of the alternative scenarios. But then there’s a recent fairly well...
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Matt Miller
Where's the Moral Outrage on Wall Street?
Elizabeth Warren, please call Michael Lewitt. Who? I'd have said the same thing a few weeks ago, until I stumbled on an interview with Lewitt in Barron's, which led me to his new but as yet mostly...
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Barbara Lee
Time to Repeal Congress' Blank Check on Wars
Following the Sept. 11, 2001 , terrorist attacks, Congress passed a joint resolution broadly authorizing the president to use "all necessary and appropriate force" against those involved in attacking...
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Robert C. Koehler
Drone Warfare on Trial
Drone warfare — assassination by unmanned aircraft — is arguably one of the most hellish spawns of the modern military-industrial era, and its use is becoming routine in the Af-Pak war, yet (what...
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Ann Wright
A Big Fool Says to Push On
On the eve of the beginning of the tenth year (October 7) of the U.S war in Afghanistan, Bob Woodward’s new book “ Obama’s War ” about presidential decision making on the war in Afghanistan is pretty...
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Paul Buchheit
Where's the Voice of the Young People?
My generation once shouted down the establishment, protested the war, rejected material possessions. Then the draft ended and we lost our idealism. Now we run the wars. Our arrogant old generals...
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Sadhbh Walshe
The Paradox of Middle-Cass Aspiration
One thing we can thank the Great Recession for is that it has finally drawn attention to the growing inequality in American society. Any study or report you care to look at leads to the same sorry...
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