The Low-wage, No-raise Economy
The Obama administration hailed Friday's jobs report from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), claiming that the 163,000 net new jobs in July represented a positive development after three months, April through June, in which US payrolls increased by less than half that number. The American media took a similar view in its coverage, and the stock market responded favorably, with its third-largest rise of the year.
Dying for an Education
As a former VA psychiatrist, part of my job was to help returning veterans adjust to civilian life despite the effects of the psychological trauma of combat. One of the major issues we worked on was the problem of overwhelming anger at the senseless brutality of war. Many had come to understand how they had been used to serve not the nation but the corporate powers upon which our so-called leaders depend for campaign contributions. These were the veterans who have the most difficulty adjusting to their return to a society that has largely ignored the wars.
I'm glad you're a "person" now, so I can address you as one. This has gotten personal. So I'm addressing you as a person.
Settler Attacks on Palestinians
Each year, attacks peak during olive harvest season. Most aren't "price tag" revenge incidents. They're structural and systemic. They're occupation related.
The Complete Irrelevancy of the National Political Party Conventions
If there's anything that can be called an anachronism it's these national political conventions of the two main parties that at one time really meant something. That's of course before the presidential primaries became so widespread making the conventions superfluous.
Have Yale Engineers Created a Self-Aware Robot?
The Yale Social Robotics Lab have created the first robot that learns about itself from experiencing in own physical characteristics in the context of the real world around it. Called Nico, the robot "
Romney and Bain: The True Story
he great criticism of Mitt Romney, from both sides of the aisle, has always been that he doesn't stand for anything. He's a flip-flopper, they say, a lightweight, a cardboard opportunist who'll say anything to get elected.
Today on CBS’s morning show, former Bush administration Secretary of State and top Mitt Romney surrogate Condoleezza Rice could not offer any specific foreign policy failures made by President Obama. Romney’s allies, led by Rice and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), are expected to attack Obama on national security grounds tonight in at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
ACLU lawsuit against Border Patrol moving forward
Police panel OKs guidelines on reporting possible terrorism
LAPD commission gives officers the power to write reports on legal activities, but bans profiling on the basis of race or religion.
Most Wanted Secret Doc: Justice Dept Memo Analyzing Drone Strikes Against Suspected Terrorists
The targeted killings memo has been requested by no fewer than ten members of Congress (all of whom were denied access). The memo is also sought in three FOIA lawsuits filed separately by the First Amendment Coalition (the organization I work for) in federal court in San Francisco, and by the New York Times and the ACLU in federal court in Manhattan.
Corporations: Yes, We're Moving Abroad to Get Lower Tax Rates
U.S. corporations are continuing tax dodging practices to boost their profits by the millions by reincorporating abroad, an article The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday shows.
Correspondence and Collusion Between the New York Times and the CIA
The rightwing transparency group, Judicial Watch, released Tuesday a new batch of documents showing how eagerly the Obama administration shoveled information to Hollywood film-makers about the Bin Laden raid. Obama officials did so to enable the production of a politically beneficial pre-election film about that "heroic" killing, even as administration lawyersinsisted to federal courts and media outlets that no disclosure was permissible because the raid was classified.
The FBI's war on the left
Seven Years after Katrina: Seven Principles for Funding Advocacy after Disasters
As attention turns from preparedness to disaster relief, the central question nonprofits and funders should be asking is: Will those who are suffering have a meaningful voice in the decisions that guide the recovery of their cities, towns, and neighborhoods? The disadvantaged are often the most difficult to reach in a disaster–and often have no structures in place to speak up for their needs in the rebuilding process.
Nonprofits Help California Domestic Workers Fight for Rights
The California State Senate will vote this week on whether to send AB 889, the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown for a signature. The bill would extend basic labor rights like overtime pay, meal and rest breaks, and adequate sleeping conditions for live-in workers, to housekeepers, childcare providers, and other caregivers.
Coming Soon: Artificial Limbs Controlled by Thoughts
GOP Governor Acknowledges That Romney’s Welfare Attack Ads Are False
The Romney campaign has been running a series of blatantly false ads claiming that the Obama administration has waived work requirements included in the 1996 welfare reform law.
A One-Two Punch in the Fight For Clean Water
RNC Launches with Tea Party’s Ted Cruz, Ann Romney and a "We Built It" Theme Shaped by Karl Rove
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