Commentary

Even the Fed Head Doesn’t Like America’s Growing Inequality

Even the Fed Head Doesn’t Like America’s Growing Inequality

Liberals and lefties have been decrying the United States’ inequality problems for years, but now the topic has been officially certified a concern by the country’s Federal Reserve chair. Janet Yellen, who has been Fed chair for eight and a […]

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Reaching Out Across Twitter and the Atlantic: ‘Sorry, Syria’

Reaching Out Across Twitter and the Atlantic: ‘Sorry, Syria’

The United States government and its allies want you to know that bombs are being dropped on Syria because the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists are very bad men who must be stopped. Those IS militants in Iraq and […]

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Everybody’s Talking About Climate Change. Well, Almost…

Everybody’s Talking About Climate Change. Well, Almost…

Pardon the pun, but global warming has been a hot topic in the news these last few days. First there was a Sunday of public rallies exhorting governments to do something, for crying out loud, about the pernicious upward creep in […]

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Gaza: Simple and Complicated (But Really NOT Complicated)

Gaza: Simple and Complicated (But Really NOT Complicated)

To defuse a public perception problem, you can go in two directions. Either say the situation is so complicated that there’s no clear right and wrong, or simplify it by using one aspect of the situation that you can spin […]

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Oklahoma Earthquakes and Fracking: Jobs We Cannot Afford.

Oklahoma Quake

The state had 109 temblors measuring magnitude 3 or greater in 2013 — more than 5,000% above normal — and there have already been more than 200 such quakes this year.

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Maggie

Maggie

Maggie and I have managed to remain friends for many years: we disagree on practically everything. Most recently, it was a heated exchange about Benghazi. We’re still on speaking terms: friendly speaking terms. How?   In all the years we’ve […]

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Workers of the World Free Market

Workers of the World Free Market

Today is the anniversary of the greatest tragedy ever to hit the garment industry anywhere in the world. On April 24, 2013, more than 1,100 workers at a large garment-factory building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, perished after the structure collapsed. Many […]

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Why Does Washington Hate Venezuelan Democracy?

Why Does Washington Hate Venezuelan Democracy?

Republicans and Democrats alike in Washington enjoy seeing street rallies against Venezuela’s government – in much the same way donkey and elephant party supporters enjoyed seeing Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych driven from office. It is notable, however, that in both […]

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They’re Watching, No Matter Where You Are

They’re Watching, No Matter Where You Are

Some people say it’s no big thing that the state is spying on its own citizens. If you’re not doing anything wrong, who cares? Riiiiight? Wrong. Because that watching, monitoring, surveillance, spying or whatever you wanna call it can be […]

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Spot the Oppressor, Side with the Oppressed

Spot the Oppressor, Side with the Oppressed

A departed acquaintance had a great way of cutting through the BS when discussing matters of social justice and inequality. Doug (that was his name) would stop, look the equivocating dude in the eye, and say: “Who is the oppressor […]

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