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Category Archive: Politics

Jul 15 2014

Truth or no consequences

Legendary journalist I. F. Stone said, “Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.” But it used to be the case that if they were caught in a flat out lie, they paid at least some price, at a minimum in some form of public shaming and the lie usually …

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Jul 15 2014

Public equality, private subjugation

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The US Supreme court issued on its last day two decisions that went against women and workers. In one case, they asserted that certain classes of companies had the right to not pay for contraceptive coverage as part of their health insurance offering to their employees while in the other they limited the rights of …

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Jul 14 2014

John Oliver on income inequality

He delivers a righteous rant on the absurd way that most Americans have this incredibly unrealistic sense of optimism about their future economic prospects and thus actually support the things that keep them poor, breed income inequality, and feed the greed of the rich. He notes how American politicians, including president Obama shy away from …

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Jul 14 2014

What’s a minus sign among friends?

A Kentucky legislator, who just so happens to own a coal mine, said that it was nonsense to argue that coal-based energy sources were leading to global warming and in support of his case produced what he must have thought was a clever argument.

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Jul 12 2014

Horror again in Gaza and Israel

Uri Avnery decribes in detail the harrowing sequence of events that have happened in Israel recently, starting with the murder of three Israeli youth, an atrocity that ignited a fire that was fanned by Israeli politicians to create massive anti-Arab anger that then led to the horrific burning alive of a Palestinian teenager and the …

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Jul 12 2014

Greasing the revolving door

I have written before that one of the biggest sources of government corruption is the revolving door that takes people from the private sector that serves big business and puts them into government agencies that are supposed to monitor and prosecute those businesses and then those people return to the grateful arms of that sector. …

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Jul 11 2014

Martin O’Malley as a potential Democratic nominee

While the media obsessively covers Hillary Clinton as if she was a shoo-in for the 2016 Democratic nomination, there are others who could challenge her, other than vice-president Joe Biden. One such person is the current governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley. I wrote about him before back in January.

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Jul 10 2014

Seeing Cleveland through fresh eyes

The Republican National Committee has selected Cleveland to host the 2016 party nominating convention. This was not an obvious choice. For one thing, while Ohio is a swing state and somewhat conservative in general, the Cleveland area is one that is a liberal Democratic stronghold in which minorities dominate. The only competitive elections here are …

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Jul 10 2014

Whom the NSA is spying on

Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain have published an article that identifies five individuals whose emails were intercepted by the NSA, out of 7,485 listed on a spreadsheet. This is the first time that the targets of the NSA spying have been identified by name. All of them were people who, as far as anyone can …

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Jul 01 2014

Child labor abuse in the US

For all the talk about family values in the US, it is appalling how badly children can be treated in this country, either by parents thinking that children are their possessions and subjecting them to abuse or by employers taking advantage of the laws to exploit them for their labor. Samantha Bee turns in another …

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