Fourteen Ways a 90 Percent Top Tax Rate Fixes Our Economy and Our Country
Dave Johnson writes for Truthout: "A return to Eisenhower-era, 90 percent top tax rates helps fix our economy in several ways: 1) It makes it take longer to end up with a fortune. In fact, it makes people build and earn a fortune instead of shooting for quick windfalls. This forces long-term thinking and planning instead of short-term scheming and scamming. If grabbing everything in sight and running doesn't pay off anymore, you have to change your strategy."
Greece Crisis Fallout: Will Greeks Step Up Riots Over Austerity Measures?
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BP's Oil Disaster: The Numbers Will Shock You
Daniela Perdomo reports for AlterNet: "When it comes to British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, questions about the extent of the damage -- and how to quell it -- are spreading as quickly as the oil slick. No one is quite sure just how many gallons of crude oil have been flowing freely into the Gulf since April 20, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and allowing for an entirely indefinite amount of oil to gush from a damaged well as well as from the rig itself. (Is it any wonder that Halliburton was involved?)"
There Will Be Blood
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Nonprofit Conservation Group Has Ties to Oil Interests, Gulf Oil Spill
Marian Wang reports for ProPublica: "With crude oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico every day, the conventional wisdom about last month’s explosion and spill has been that this is an environmental disaster of unpredictable scale. The New York Times, in a story published today on Page One, challenged this conventional wisdom by citing several experts. One of those was from a nonprofit group called the Gulf of Mexico Foundation..."
No One Cares
Chris Hedges writes for Truthdig: "We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands more Afghans and Pakistani civilians have been killed. Millions have been driven into squalid displacement and refugee camps. Thousands of our own soldiers and Marines have died or been crippled physically and psychologically. We sustain these wars, which have no real popular support, by borrowing trillions of dollars that can never be repaid, even as we close schools, states go into bankruptcy, social services are cut, our infrastructure crumbles, tens of millions of Americans are reduced to poverty, and real unemployment approaches 17 percent. Collective, suicidal inertia rolls us forward toward national insolvency and the collapse of empire. And we do not protest. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups such as Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Green Party and Code Pink, is dead. No one cares."
this headline awaiting my return: Afghan lawmaker says relative killed after U.S. soldiers raided her home. Sigh. After nine years in which such stories have appeared with unceasing regularity, I could have written the rest of it myself while on vacation, more or less sight unseen. But here it is in a nutshell: there was a U.S. night raid somewhere near the Afghan city of Jalalabad. American forces (Special Operations forces, undoubtedly), supposedly searching for a 'Taliban facilitator,' came across a man they claimed was armed in a country in which the unarmed man is evidently like the proverbial needle in a haystack. They shot him down. His name was Amanullah. He was a 30-year-old auto mechanic and the father of five. As it happened, he was also the brother-in-law of Safia Siddiqi, a sitting member of the Afghan Parliament. He had, as she explained, called her in a panic, thinking that brigands were attacking his home compound."
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What Happens in Arizona Is Everybody's Business
Connie Schultz comments for Truthout: "The argument goes something like this: If you don't live in Arizona, you have no business meddling in its immigration problems. After all, what's it to Midwesterners if Arizona makes it a crime not to carry proof of immigration status? Why should East Coast residents care if a new law in the Southwest targets people of color? What right does anyone living somewhere else have to criticize a law in Arizona that directs police to demand proof of documents from people who trigger 'reasonable suspicion' that they are illegal?"
Forces Align Against Arizona: 4 Major Cities Threaten Boycotts, Baseball Flexes Its Muscles, Citizens in Uproar
Liliana Segura writes for AlterNet: "Immediately after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the racist new anti-immigration law, calls for a boycott of her state arose, from La Opinión, the nation's largest Spanish-language newspaper, to Democratic Representative Raúl Grijalva, who called for targeted economic sanctions of his own state, saying that "good" and "decent" organizations "should refrain from bringing their business" to Arizona. Colombian pop star Shakira traveled to Phoenix last week, appearing on CNN to condemn the law; meanwhile local politicians from at least four major cities are weighing whether or not to issue resolutions to stop doing business with Arizona.
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Bound for America
They are nurses. They are teachers. They pick your apples. How immigration law has set legal foreign workers up for a new kind of indentured servitude--and this time, there's no paying off your contract.
John Bowe reports for Mother Jones: "IN THE SPRING OF 2004, Nikhom Intajak, a 35-year-old rice farmer in Thailand's Lampang province, met a labor recruiter who made him an attractive offer: a contract to do farm labor in the United States. He'd work for three years and earn the minimum wage of $7 to $10 an hour, depending on where he was deployed; best of all, he'd be a legal temporary worker, protected by American laws." — Illustration: Anita Kunz.
Pitting Worker Against Worker
Moshe Adler writes for Truthdig.com: "All that is wrong with our immigration and labor policies—for the two cannot be separated—is on full display in New York City, where it plays out every day in the city’s small grocery stores. Virtually all of the workers in these stores are undocumented Latin American immigrants. Yet in the adjacent supermarkets, the same jobs are held by American-born workers of all colors. The usual excuse that these are jobs that “Americans won’t do” obviously doesn’t apply. What is the explanation then?"
What White People Fear
In 2008, Chris Hume and Amy Sunshine Moon explored a country on the edge of financial ruin. "Red State Road Trip 2" is a celebration of the American people as they struggle to survive in a harsh new landscape.
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Family Research Council Founder Hired Gay Escort For Vacay Fun
Adele Stan writes for AlterNet: "Miami’s New Times weekly is out with a blockbuster story about George Alan Rekers, a founder (with James Dobson) of the Family Research Council, and his European vacation with an “assistant” he hired on the gay escort service Web site, Rentboy.com. (Warning: Rentboy site is graphically sexual.)"
Amy Goodman, Colleagues Sue Minneapolis Police, Secret Service Over Abuse at RNC
federal lawsuit today against "the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments and officers, the municipalities, the Ramsey County Sheriff and unidentified Secret Service personnel," stemming from their assault at the Republican National Convention in 2008." Photo:MinnPost photo by Marisa Helms.
FCC to Abandon Net Neutrality?
Free Press writes: "According to an article in the Washington Post, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is 'leaning toward' a decision not to 'reclassify' broadband to re-establish FCC authority over the nation’s Internet service providers."
Netroots Tell Obama and the FCC -- You Can't Just Let the Telecoms Steal the Internet
Timothy Karr writes for Free Press (via AlterNet): "Leaders of the Internet's grassroots community have made it clear that inaction by the FCC is not an option when it comes to keeping the Web open and accessible. In a series of posts and statements, bloggers for DailyKos, FireDogLake, OpenLeft.com, theAmerican Prospectand other influential sites have expressed dismay that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski would consider abandoning the agency's role as watchdog over the Internet."
Will Obama FCC Break Network Neutrality Promise—Undermine 21st Century Public Sphere?
A somewhat obtuse Washington Post article today says that the FCC Chairman is considering a “deregulatory” framework for Internet access. Translating the article is simple for those watching this debate at political sites: the FCC is considering following the Bush administration’s disastrous policies of stripping itself of jurisdiction over Internet access, treating such access as effectively un-regulatable “information services.” The FCC’s recent loss at the D.C. Circuit made it clear that the practical effect of such a decision would be to hand the Internet over to the phone and cable companies, undermining innovation, competition online, and Americans’ interests in free speech, in privacy, and in associations. The FCC would then face insurmountable legal obstacles to pursuing network neutrality, a common-sense policy that would forbid cable and phone companies from doing what they’ve long lobbied to do: block or discriminate against websites and applications on the Internet. This would violate Obama campaign promises. (See clips here and here, for example.)" Graphic by bugbyte.