Views for 2013-04-18

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Dean Baker
Did a Spreadsheet Error Cost You Your Job?
Did an Excel error cost you your job? This is what people around the world should be asking after researchers at the University of Massachusetts uncovered a serious calculation mistake. The mistake...
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Jim Naureckas
Why We Need the New Yorker to Correct Its Error on Venezuelan Inequality
My hat is off to Keane Bhatt, NACLA blogger and occasional Extra! contributor , for his tireless efforts to prod one of the United States' most prestigious media outlets to live up to their professed...
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Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
How About a Tax System for the 99 Percent?
Paying taxes, as tens of millions of us in the United States do every April, evokes many emotions—from gratitude for government programs that feed the hungry to disgust over paying for fossil fuel...
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Erika Eichelberger
Violence on the Home Front
Since the Newtown massacre, visions of unfathomable crazy mass killers and armed strangers in the night have colonized the American mind. Proposed laws have been drawn up that would keep potential...
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David Morris
Good News for the Common Good
I’m not saying it’s time to break out the champagne and start chanting, “The people united will never be defeated”. But the past few weeks have brought us some heartwarming demonstrations that the...
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Michelle Chen
Cutting the Budget, Bleeding Us Dry
If you feel like that recovery we keep hearing about hasn’t quite trickled down to your block, there’s a good reason. A huge swath of the country’s workers are out of sync with the economic cycle,...
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John Vidal
Land 'Grabs' Expand to Europe As Big Business Blocks Entry to Farming
Vast tracts of land in Europe are being "grabbed" by large companies, speculators, wealthy foreign buyers and pension funds in a similar way to in developing countries, according to a major new...
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John R. MacArthur
Being Right on Iraq Got Little Reward
What’s the use of being right, in journalism or politics? I gave a lot of thought to this question during the tenth anniversary of the American-British invasion of Iraq, and I’ve come to the...
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Peter Hart
Al-Qaeda Pressure Cookers?
The news that the Boston Marathon bombs used conventional pressure cookers led to a flurry of coverage suggesting that this was perhaps a link to Al-Qaeda inspired jihadists. At the Daily Beast ( 4/...
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Amy Goodman
Peace Activists and Patriots at the Boston Marathon Bombing
Monday was Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, celebrating the day the American Revolutionary War began in 1775, at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. It is also the day of the annual Boston Marathon...
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Ana Marie Cox
It's Not NRA Dollars That Are Blocking Gun Control. It's the NRA's Narrative
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Robert C. Koehler
Grief Without Borders
“She had a great sense of humor and freckles and red hair that brought her right to her Irish roots.” She was “a dream daughter.” I have a daughter, so maybe that’s why these words cut so deep.
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Aura Bogado
The Senate’s Drone and Trigger-Happy Immigration Bill
There could be a lot to celebrate about the Senate’s new comprehensive immigration reform bill.
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Ronnie Cummins, Zack Kaldveer
Why Labels on Genetically Engineered Foods Won’t Cost Consumers a Dime
The biotech industry, led by Monsanto, will soon descend on the state of Washington to try their best to defeat I-522, a citizens’ ballot initiative to require mandatory labeling of foods that...
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Duncan Clark
Why Can't We Quit Fossil Fuels?
We have far more oil, coal and gas than we can safely burn.
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