Views for 2011-08-29

Monday, August 29, 2011
Glenn Greenwald
The Decade's Biggest Scam
The Los Angeles Times examines the staggering sums of money expended on patently absurd domestic "homeland security" projects: $75 billion per year for things such as a Zodiac boat with side-scan...
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Priyamvada Gopal
Hurricane Irene Could Never Take from Americans What the Banks Already Have
It's a disaster. I am in small-town Massachusetts, listening to tropical storm Irene chattering on the loft windows, there's no milk for tea, and it's my fault. For the last 48 hours frantically...
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Jordan Flaherty
Battle for New Orleans, 6 Years After Katrina
As this weekend's storm has reminded us, hurricanes can be a threat to U.S. cities on the East Coast as well as the Gulf. But the vast changes that have taken place in New Orleans since Katrina have...
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Ray McGovern
The Rise of Another CIA Yes Man
As Gen. David Petraeus prepares to take the helm at CIA in September, he can expect unswerving loyalty from his likely deputy, Michael Morell, who has been acting director since July when Leon...
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Dean Baker
President Obama's Job Creation Mirage
President Obama has discovered how serious the recession is. That's what he told an audience in Chicago last week . To be fair, he was referring to revised data from the commerce department showing...
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David Sirota
25 Years Later, How ‘Top Gun’ Made America Love War
Americans are souring on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military budget is under siege as Congress looks for spending to cut. And the Army is reporting record suicide rates among soldiers. So...
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Jim Hightower
Mass-Marketing Goes Platinum
In today's fast-moving world of consumer styles, when you're out, you're out. Not just out-of-style, but so far out that you no longer interest the big marketers. Thus it is that advertising...
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Medea Benjamin
Ten Reasons to Move Cheney’s Book to the Crime Section
Former Vice President Dick Cheney was given a multi-million contract to write a book about his political career. According to Cheney’s media hype, the book, called In My Time, will have “heads...
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Valerie DeFillipo
House GOP Renews Misguided Effort to Defund UNFPA, Risking the Lives of Millions of Women
On the heels of Vice President Biden’s recent trip to China , the GOP leadership of the House of Representatives issued a misguided ultimatum to President Obama: defund UNFPA, the United Nations...
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John Nichols
The Chapter That Went Missing From Dick Cheney's Book
Dick Cheney’s hyper-hyped autobiography is short on revelations (it turns out that the “secret undisclosed location” was his house) but long, very long, on excuse making when it comes to the wars of...
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Chris Hedges
The Election March of the Trolls
We have begun the election march of the trolls. They have crawled out of the sewers of public relations firms, polling organizations, the commercial media, the two corporate political parties and...
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Sam Pizzigati
A Tip for Joe the Machinist: Watch Your Back
You work hard. You do good work. You loyally stick with your employer through good times and bad. Do you have a right to a paycheck that rises over time? On any Labor Day over the last 50 years, the...
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