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It’s The Trade, Stupid !

Filed in International by on March 25, 2014 6 Comments
It’s The Trade, Stupid !

One of my favorite investigative reporters, David Cay Johnston observes that our foreign trade deals in the last couple of decades figure in a big way in the systemic weakness of our domestic economy. Particularly hard hit by really bad trade deals are the non-college educated in the workforce.

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This Annexation Is An Outrage: Let’s Go To War

Filed in International by on March 20, 2014 7 Comments
This Annexation Is An Outrage: Let’s Go To War

Oh, wait. They’re talking about Crimea, not Texas. Nor Hawaii, or Midway, American Samoa, Wake Island and half dozen other pacific islands we annexed, from what I can see, without money changing hands. And there are a dozen other annexations the good old U.S. of A. pulled off where we actually paid the owner while we held a gun to their head. Such as Puerto Rico and Guam, not to mention the Panama Canal zone.

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Venezuela In Chaos: Why Should We Care?

Filed in International by on March 13, 2014 5 Comments
Venezuela In Chaos: Why Should We Care?

I’ve been trying to follow recent events in Venezuela. Here’s my take, informed by the work of activist Tom Hayden of Peace Exchange, Chris Gilbert, professor at Universidad de Venezuela and Rory Carroll, a reporter for the Guardian and Observer Latin America, based in Caracas for six years until recently.

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Code Pink Co-Founder Brutalized in Egypt

Filed in International by on March 5, 2014 2 Comments
Code Pink Co-Founder Brutalized in Egypt

Medea Benjamin, the indomitable co-founder of the women’s activist group Code Pink has reported that en-route to a women’s conference in Gaza, she was physically attacked at an airport in Egypt.

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Ukraine: Geopolitical Chess

Filed in International by on March 3, 2014 18 Comments
Ukraine: Geopolitical Chess

Some sentimentalists have been characterizing the Ukraine crisis as a popular revolution. Not so fast. This situation requires some careful analysis, not platitudes. Hear that CNN and mainstream media? Probably not.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Corporations Reign Supreme

Filed in International by on February 15, 2014 6 Comments
Trans-Pacific Partnership:  Corporations Reign Supreme

You might have read that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, developed under the auspices of the Obama Administration is currently stymied, bottled up in both the House and the Senate, with lots of opposition. Let’s count our blessings while we can on this one. Here’s why, in a nutshell.

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New Analysis Of U.S. Misjudgement on Sarin Gas Source

Filed in International by on January 21, 2014 14 Comments
New Analysis Of U.S. Misjudgement on Sarin Gas Source

Robert Parry, of ConsotiumNews and noted investigative reporter has just published an investigative report on the August 21 Sarin Gas attack in Syria. The report is entitled “The Mistaken Guns of Last August” and can be seen at ConsortiumNews.com. He cites the work of Richard Lloyd of Tesla Labs and Theodore A. Postol, science professor at MIT. Parry says:

“A new report by two American weapons specialists, entitled “Possible Implications of Faulty US Technical Intelligence in the Damascus Nerve Agent Attack,” makes clear that the case presented by Kerry and the Obama administration was scientifically impossible because the range of the key rocket carrying Sarin was less than a third of what the U.S. government was claiming.

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NSA/Surveillance: A First Step In Reining It In

Filed in International by on January 18, 2014 4 Comments
NSA/Surveillance: A First Step In Reining It In

The President’s speech on Friday, pre-empting the final report he commissioned on NSA restraints, is a good first step. So, we applaud a beginning in rolling back the Surveillance State aimed at the American people.

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Republicans Become Dumber – Is That Possible?

Filed in International, Science and Health by on December 30, 2013 6 Comments
Republicans Become Dumber – Is That Possible?

Yep, it’s possible.

Belief in evolution among Republicans has dropped more than 10 percentage points since 2009, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.

Pew found that 43 percent of Republicans said they believed humans and other living beings had evolved over time, down from 54 percent in 2009. More (48 percent) said they believed all living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.

Oh my, that’s embarrassing.  Guess all this talk of the importance of STEM classes doesn’t resonate with the GOP.  Science, technology, engineering and math are obviously not Jesus approved.  Good luck with that.

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RIP, Madiba

Filed in International by on December 5, 2013 7 Comments
RIP, Madiba

You’ve all heard by now that Nelson Mandela died peacefully at his home this evening. His is among the most heroic political and personal stories I have ever heard, and am still informed by.

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NSA Is Out Of Control. Time To Rein It In.

Filed in International, National by on October 30, 2013 10 Comments
NSA Is Out Of Control.  Time To Rein It In.

James Clapper, the Obama Administration’s Director of National Intelligence has said NSA does not “wittingly” collect data on citizens. General Keith Alexander, NSA’s Director as well as his predecessor have testified that NSA is not spying on or collecting data on citizens. Even the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee has told the media that the American intelligence community is not intrusively monitoring the communications of our citizens without a warrant.

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Carney Misses Chance for Bipartisanship

Filed in Delaware, International, National by on August 29, 2013 1 Comment
Carney Misses Chance for Bipartisanship

When it comes to John Carney’s cherished bipartisanship vs. the obligation to do the job he was elected to do, John Carney has chosen…neither.

According to this article, 162 members of the U. S. House of Representatives have called for a debate in Congress prior to any authorization of attacking Syria. 62 Democrats are among those signing the letters to call for such action. John Carney is not among them.

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“It’s Global Warming, Stupid”

Filed in International, National by on November 3, 2012 7 Comments
“It’s Global Warming, Stupid”

“Our cover story this week may generate controversy,” wrote editor Josh Tyrangiel on Twitter. “But only among the stupid.” I agree.

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Breaking: US Ambassador Killed in Libya

Filed in International by on September 12, 2012 23 Comments

The United States ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed in a rocket attack on the American Consulate in the city of Benghazi on Tuesday, a contractor working at the mission said Wednesday after seeing Stevens’ body. (link)

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Girls Just Wanna… Play Ball

Filed in International, Sports by on August 8, 2012 6 Comments

First, the Pandora household has now taken to watching the Olympics On-Demand.  NBC’s coverage has driven all of us away.  What has also bothered us, mainly my daughter, is how the commentary surrounding female athletes has been dominated by their hairstyles, emotional moments, and uniform colors and bikini styles.  So when my Cross-Country and Track […]

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The Romney Campaign And Do-Overs

Filed in International, National by on July 29, 2012 14 Comments

There’s a pattern here, and I think it’s deliberate. First, the Romney Campaign says something outrageous (Anglo-Saxon comment, questioning the preparedness of security at the Olympics, etc.) then they counter their initial statement with an do-over.

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Can’t Help But Smile

Filed in International, National by on July 28, 2012 9 Comments

I’m feeling good. My son just returned from his college orientation trip. He has his classes and is excited about starting school – with a scholarship. Whoopee! Since I’m feeling good I thought I’d share this video of the 2012 USA Olympic Swimming Team. Dare you not to smile!

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Obama to Withdraw all U.S. Troops from Afghanistan by 2013?

Filed in International, National by on May 21, 2012 0 Comments

Or so says Mark Thompson at Time Magazine, reporting that the President’s goal at the NATO summit in Chicago over the last 2 days was to “wrap up U.S. troops’ combat role over the coming year, and get the allies to pay more money to enable the Afghan military to fill the gap.”

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Palestinians Turn To Hunger Strikes

Filed in International by on May 15, 2012 7 Comments
Palestinians Turn To Hunger Strikes

Most Americans over the age of 40 have probably know of Bobby Sands. However, it is safe to say, that most Americans have know idea who Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh are.

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Break Up The Euro

Filed in International by on May 7, 2012 0 Comments

As the people of France and Greece voted that austerity is not working, Paul Krugman asks, “What’s next?”

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France Goes to the Polls

Filed in International by on May 5, 2012 3 Comments
France Goes to the Polls

The French head to the polls tomorrow to decide between President Nicolas Sarkozy and challenger François Hollande, a Socialist which is turning into a vote about Europe’s austerity plans.

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China Allows Guangcheng to Apply To Study Abroad

Filed in International by on May 4, 2012 4 Comments

After Chen Guangchen’s phone call to a Congressional hearing, China will allow Guangcheng to apply to study abroad in the United States.

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What Al Qaeda Thought Of Biden

Filed in International by on May 3, 2012 16 Comments

The Combating Terrorism Center released 17 documents taken from Bin Laden’s compound a year ago in Abbottabad.

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The Saga of Political Dissidents

Filed in International by on May 3, 2012 20 Comments

We haven’t written at all about the escape of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, his rescue, his return and, now, change of heart, but I have a simple question for you all. If the roles were reversed, would the US goverment stand for China helping/interfering with US political dissident Bradley Manning?

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Seriously, Austerity Is Not Working

Filed in International by on April 29, 2012 1 Comment
Seriously, Austerity Is Not Working

As we brought to your attention the other day, austerity as a policy is not working. Economist Christina D. Romer writes, “The result is that austerity is uniquely destructive right now.”

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