Views for 2012-04-30

Monday, April 30, 2012
Peter Hart
What No One Said About NCLB Profiteering (Except the People Who Were Saying It)
New York Times columnist Gail Collins had a good critique of standardized testing and the No Child Left Behind law ( 4/28/12 ), weighing in on the "Pineapplegate" controversy about a bizarre question...
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Mary Bottari
99% Spring has Sprung: Shareholder Actions Underway Across the County
This spring, in coordinated actions across the country, retirees who lost their pensions, families whose homes are underwater, students with impossible debt, the unemployed and underemployed, family...
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Sarah van Gelder
Why This May Day Matters
If the mainstream media was confused about Occupy Wall Street in its early days in Zuccotti Park , they’re bound to be completely befuddled this May Day.
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Firmin DeBrabander
Life Under Constant Watch
The surveillance state expands. Since 9-11, our phones are subject to warrantless wiretaps. Our email and internet transactions leave a trail for some to follow. The police can access our GPS...
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Glenn Greenwald
Dog-Training the Press Corps
This weekend, the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner was held, and it is — as Gawker ‘s Hamilton Nolan explained in the best analysis ever of that event — the purest expression of the total...
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Jameel Jaffer, Nathan Freed Wessler
The CIA’s Misuse of Secrecy
In Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere the C.I.A. has used drones to kill thousands of people — including several Americans. Officials have aggressively defended the controversial program, telling...
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Paula Crossfield
Pink Slime and Mad Cow Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Following on the heels of pink slime, mad cow disease (AKA bovine spongiform encephalopathy—or BSE) is back this week after a California dairy cow destined for a rendering plant that makes pet food...
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Mehdi Hasan
Most Israeli Citizens Don't Want a War with Iran
Time for a quiz question. Last week, who said Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak – Israel's prime minister and defence minister – "are misleading the public on the Iran issue" and making decisions "...
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E.L. Doctorow
Unexceptionalism: A Primer
To achieve unexceptionalism, the political ideal that would render the United States indistinguishable from the impoverished, traditionally undemocratic, brutal or catatonic countries of the world,...
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Chris Hedges
Welcome to the Asylum
When civilizations start to die they go insane. Let the ice sheets in the Arctic melt. Let the temperatures rise. Let the air, soil and water be poisoned. Let the forests die. Let the seas be emptied...
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Kathy Kelly, Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
The UN May Have Silenced the Afghan Public
“Today, Afghanistan and the U.S. initialed and locked the text of the strategic partnership agreement ,” said President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman, Aimal Faizi. “This means the text is closed….”
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Tom Engelhardt
The Obama Contradiction: Weakling at Home, Imperial President Abroad
He has few constraints (except those he’s internalized). No one can stop him or countermand his orders. He has a bevy of lawyers at his beck and call to explain the “legality” of his actions. And if...
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Paul Buchheit
Five Tax Fallacies Invented by the 1%
We hear these claims often, even though they're entirely false. An analysis of the facts should make that clear. 1. The Rich Pay Almost All the Taxes That's simply not true. The percentage of total...
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