Archive for the 'What They Say…' Category

CHANGE FROM WITHIN, CHANGE FROM WITHOUT…

December 26th, 2013

Clark Bianco writes: What neither side seems to realize is that the system is not reformable. There are multiple classes of people, but it boils down to the connected, and the not connected. Just as in pre-Revolutionary France, there is a very strict class hierarchy, and the very idea that we are equal before the […]

MUST READ: SALON’S SANEST PIECE EVER…

August 13th, 2013

Mary Elizabeth Williams writes: It wasn’t that long ago that my life was relatively untouched by grief. I’d had a few losses along the way, but they had been intermittent – punctuation marks of sorrow in a relatively griefless life. Then the deaths started piling up. There was the year all the dads died. The […]

HAVE RUDE MOBILE PHONE USERS WON…?

July 5th, 2013

Marina Hyde thinks so: I work in a public library, and during the writing of yesterday’s column, four fellow users took phone calls in the actual library. Not answered them sotto voce before scurrying out to a less obviously unsuitable area, but conducted them in full and without shame, as though it were the most […]

THE NSA AND BOSS ARE THE CRIMINALS HERE…

June 29th, 2013

Jennifer Stisa Garrick and Christopher Jon Sprigman write: …Congressional watchdogs — with a few exceptions, like Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky — have accepted the White House’s claims of legality. The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, and Saxby Chambliss, Republican of Georgia, have called the surveillance legal. So […]

DAVID ALLEN DOES AT DO…

April 13th, 2013

I don’t think Allen offers any new information, but, like all purveyors of productivity porn, repackages basic truths discovered so far back in History that we have no way of assigning proper credit. This is not to suggest that Allen is a hack or in any way misappropriating others’ ideas. Basic truths must be reinterpreted […]

I PICK 10 OF THE WELSH 57…

April 13th, 2013

From Ian Welsh’s Golden Laws of Prosperity 1. Implement policy which is as good for as many people as possible. 6. Enforce the doctrine of first sale. 10. Do not allow the private sector to pillage the social sector. 25. Enforce accountability on decision makers, especially corporate decision-makers. 31. Reduce barriers to entry in new […]

DRUG DEALERS TOO BIG TO JAIL…

December 14th, 2012

Matt Taibbi writes: If you’ve ever been arrested on a drug charge, if you’ve ever spent even a day in jail for having a stem of marijuana in your pocket or “drug paraphernalia” in your gym bag, Assistant Attorney General and longtime Bill Clinton pal Lanny Breuer has a message for you: Bite me. Breuer […]

SOUNDS LIKE AN OCCUPY CLEVELAND MEETING…

December 14th, 2012

Thomas Frank writes: There is a scene I always recall when I try to remember the exhilarating effect that Occupy Wall Street had on me when it was first getting going. I was on a subway train in Washington, D.C., reading an article about the protests in Zuccotti Park in Manhattan. It was three years […]

MARGE PIERCY: THE LOW ROAD

December 13th, 2012

What can they do to you? Whatever they want. …How can you stop them? Alone, you can fight, you can refuse, you can take what revenge you can but they roll over you. It goes on one at a time, it starts when you care to act, it starts when you do it again after […]

TO FIGHT POWER, UNDERSTAND POWER…

December 12th, 2012

Mumia Abu-Jamal tells Chris Hedges: When I first got out in the yard and I heard groups of men talking about how Sarah was going to marry Jim or how Frank had betrayed Susan, I thought, Damn, these cats all know each other and their families. That’s odd. But after a few minutes I realized […]

JUSTICE NOT FOR THEM; TO BIG TO JAIL…

December 12th, 2012

Glenn Greenwald writes: [W]hat was most striking to me as I traced the recent history of this phenomenon is how explicit it has become. Obviously, those with money and power always enjoyed substantial advantages in the US justice system, but lip service was at least always paid to the core precept of the rule of […]

SO, YOU SUPPORT SUSAN RICE…?

December 12th, 2012

Glenn Greenwald writes: All of that is standard, principle-free partisan jockeying. It goes without saying that if this were Condoleezza rather than Susan Rice, the two sides would have exactly opposite positions on whether these inaccurate statements should be held against her. None of that is worth examining. But what is remarkable is how so […]

SIX CORPORATIONS CONTROLING YOUR MIND…

December 12th, 2012

ROLDO RIGHTS ON KASICH SPRINTING AWAY…?

December 11th, 2012

Roldo Bartimole writes: Our pro-business, anti-union Gov. John Kasich is now trying a fast sprint to seem reasonable. He wants de-emphasize the use of corporate subsidies, according to the Columbus Dispatch. A bit late, Gov. The New York Times recently ran a major three-part series on how states are giving massive amounts of money (mostly […]

WHEN $100 MILLION IS SPARE CHANGE, SO WHAT…?

December 11th, 2012

Robert Reich writes: Among Rove’s investors was Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire who owns the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. Adelson invested more than $100 million in the election, mostly on Republicans who lost – including $20 million that went to Romney’s super PAC “Restore Our Future,” $15 million to another super PAC that almost single-handedly kept […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON SELLING CLEVELAND CHEAP…

December 11th, 2012

Roldo Bartimole writes: How much confidence do I – or you – have in the Cleveland Board of Education getting a fair price for the sale of its a gem of a historic downtown administration building on East 6th Street: Minus zero. Actually less. This celebrated building sits on 1.75 acres of the best situated […]

PLAIN DEALER PAGE ONE THIS MORNING…

December 11th, 2012

Brandon Blackwell writes: Irony stung the Occupy Cleveland movement in October 2011 when about a dozen of its members were arrested in Public Square. Protesters were taken into custody for violating curfew near the statue of Cleveland’s 35th Mayor Tom L. Johnson — an effigy erected as a testament to free speech and assembly. But […]

IF YOU DON’T SEE A MOVIE THIS CHRISTMAS…

December 11th, 2012

This is the movie not to see… Glenn Greenwald’s updates (at the bottom) are vital for understanding the meta of this film: That so many reviewers walked away with a pro-torture message from the film – that torture was key to finding bin Laden – means that large numbers of viewers likely will as well, […]

A KOREAN RAPPER? THAT UPSETS YOU…?

December 11th, 2012

Glenn Greenwald writes: If you want your country to rule the world as an aggressive and militaristic empire, then accept the inevitable consequence of that: that there will be huge numbers of people in the world who resent and even hate your country for that behavior. Don’t cheer while your country constantly kills, invades, occupies, […]

WHY I WISH REICH WAS IN THE WEST WING…

December 11th, 2012

Robert Reich writes: Even this larger debate is just one part of what should be the central debate of our time — why median wages continue to drop and poverty to increase at the same time income and wealth are becoming ever more concentrated at the top, and what should be done to counter the […]

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