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text The State of Work in the Age of Anxiety Harold Meyerson 2013-12-03 1:11 PM
From 1947 to 1974, American workers brought home most of the wealth they produced. Since 1974, they have steadily lost power - and they're getting just a fraction of the wealth they produce today. Harold Meyerson is editor-at-large at The American Prospect and a columnist for The Washington Post. (text/plain)

text VIDEO: Wage Crisis with Joseph Stiglitz www.therealnews.com 2013-11-30 11:53 PM
Economic hardship in the world's biggest financial superpower. he squeezed American middle class (text/plain)

text The Super Rich Reinvent U.S. Capitalism Shamus Cooke 2013-11-12 2:07 AM
As U.S. corporate profits soar to record highs, food stamps for the neediest were quietly cut. The politicians who are demanding endless cuts to social programs — Democrats and Republicans alike — insist that the U.S. is broke, all the while conveniently ignoring the mountains of tax-free wealth piling up in the pockets of the super rich. (text/plain)

text The Time Has Come For $15 Minimum Wage Mark Vorpahl 2013-11-11 9:04 AM
In one of comedian Chris Rock’s routines, he observes: “You know what that means when someone pays you a minimum wage? You know what your boss is trying to say? ‘Hey, if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.’” (text/html)

text Protest Underscores Continuing Privatization of Oregon Schools Pete Shaw 2013-11-04 4:02 AM
The Oregon Business Association (OBA) held its annual Statesman Dinner on October 17 to honor the Statesman of the Year. The event was fraught with anomalies, not least of which was the fact that the award went to Sue Levin, the Executive Director of Stand for Children Oregon. (text/plain)

text VIDEO: "The UnwindingL An Inner History of the New America," 1hr www.booktv.org 2013-11-03 2:23 PM
In "The Unwinding," George Parker grapples with the end of the Roosevelt republic and the need to fight organized money. He sees 1978 as a beginning when California passed Proposition 13 and de-funded education. (text/plain)

text Movie Review: Dirty Wars Brad Forrest 2013-10-30 5:08 PM
Jeremy Scahill, reporter for such outlets as The Nation and Democracy Now, has come out with the most hard hitting documentary of recent years entitled, “Dirty Wars.” He takes us around the globe from Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia documenting the crimes of U.S imperialistic foreign policy in tragic detail. (text/plain)

text The Coming Grand Bargain: “We’re All Neoliberals Now” Shamus Cooke 2013-10-22 1:30 AM
After the U.S. government shutdown you’d expect Republicans and Democrats to remain at each others’ throats, so different was their vision for the country, or so it appeared. (text/plain)

text Labor Needs to Recalibrate and Fight Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2013-10-12 2:32 AM
While the U.S. media has been obsessed with the in-fighting between Democrats and Republicans, as well as the recent government shutdown and the global/domestic ramifications of a possible government default, little attention has been paid to a looming disaster confronting working people: Obama is again threatening to cut “entitlement” programs, meaning Social Security and Medicare. (text/plain)

text Fast Food Workers Win a Union…through Zoolidarity Shamus Cooke 2013-10-10 2:25 AM
Union members have watched in awe as fast food workers struck over the last year, calling for “$15 and a union.” Despite the slogan, however, the prevailing wisdom has been that union recognition isn’t really the goal; that’s too hard against giant employers insulated by a layer of franchises, with a part-time and transient workforce. (text/html)

text They frack because clear air and water aren’t profitable Systemic Disorder 2013-10-09 9:39 PM
Newly developed fracking techniques represent an intensification, yet a special law known as the “Halliburton loophole” exempts fracking from federal regulations. (text/plain)

text U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Take Argentina and NML Capital Debt Case Jennifer Tong 2013-10-07 5:15 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to take the landmark debt case between Argentina and bondholders led by NML Capital, a hedge fund that buys the debt of countries in financial crisis. Argentina is expected to file a second petition in the coming months that the Supreme Court will review and decide again if it will hear the case. (text/plain)

image 3rd Radical Mycology Convergence Callout! Radical Mycology Collective 2013-09-16 8:53 PM
3rd Radical Mycology Convergence Callout!
he Radical Mycology Convergence is a unique gathering of mycologists, mushroom enthusiasts, and Earth stewards coming together to share skills and information on the numerous benefits of the fungal kingdom for humans and the planet. The RMC is a multiple-day long event consisting of workshops, presentations, and various projects using fungi and other organisms to remediate & restore damaged environments. (image/jpeg)

text Caligula Game jacinto 2013-09-15 6:18 PM
Was Warhol another Hitler? (text/plain)

text Labor Leaders, Obamacare, and the Fate of the Unions Shamus Cooke 2013-09-13 8:48 AM
A funny thing happened a couple of months ago: labor leaders finally awoke from their coma and realized that Obamacare was not only bad for unions, but for working families in general. (text/plain)

text At the AFL-CIO Convention, Leaders Ask: What Direction for Labor? Mark Vorpahl 2013-09-12 12:23 PM
The acknowledgment of Labor’s existential crisis and the recognition that something must be done to resolve it is the key issue at the AFL-CIO’s four-day quadrennial convention in Los Angeles. The urgency of the situation has compelled Labor’s top officials to experiment in a search for solutions. (text/html)

text What Can We Learn from 25 Years of Jobs with Justice? Mark Vorpahl 2013-09-06 8:35 AM
It’s no secret that the last 30 years have seen a brutal corporate assault on U.S. workers. Incomes and union membership rates have plummeted, unemployment is soaring, and the two corporate parties have joined forces to go after our previously untouchable historic gains. (text/html)

text Wage Slavery in the American Auto Industry: Obama’s Shame Brad Forrest 2013-08-29 11:50 AM
The American auto industry is back in business in a big way. The carmakers are making enormous profits, direct from the blood, sweat and tears of autoworkers. (text/plain)

text War With Syria and Its Repercussions Shamus Cooke 2013-08-28 2:15 PM
A U.S. invasion of Syria could be the first war based on a YouTube video. After a video was released showing victims of an alleged chemical weapons attack, England immediately declared the Syrian government responsible, while Obama began drawing up military plans, saying there was “little doubt” the Syrian Government was at fault (zero evidence currently exists to suggest this). An extra U.S. warship has already been deployed in response. (text/plain)

text Why Mass Marches Still Matter: 2013’s March on Washington Mark Vorpahl 2013-08-27 5:48 AM
In terms of the numbers it attracted, the August 24, 2013 March on Washington was an inspiring success. The question remains, however, how politically effective was it? (text/html)

text The AFL-CIO’s New Strategy: Inspiration or Hype? Shamus Cooke 2013-08-27 5:07 AM
After years of embarrassing denial, the AFL-CIO recently took its first baby step in addressing the crisis that has engulfed organized labor: it recognized there was a problem. In the run up to its national convention in early September in Los Angles, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently admitted that “what we’ve been doing isn’t working,” and consequently announced a new strategy that was, supposedly, a revolutionary break from the previously-failed strategy of organized labor. (text/plain)

text A Man on a Limb: A Short Analysis of the Current Economic Crisis Brad Forrest 2013-08-21 5:49 AM
The current crisis of the global capitalist system is shaping up to be one of the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. U.S. Gross Domestic Product grew by an anemic 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2013, and only 0.4 the previous quarter. U.S. capitalists and their political representatives in the Democratic and Republican parties have got themselves in a real mess, with no end in sight. (text/plain)

text Norwegian Audit Finds Loans to Developing Countries Don’t Follow New Lending Standards Jennifer Tong 2013-08-19 2:07 PM
Last week, Norway became the first lending country to audit the loans it made to developing countries. The consultant firm Deloitte assessed whether past Norwegian loans to governments, including repressive regimes in Egypt and Indonesia, were compliant with current principles of responsible lending and borrowing developed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). (text/plain)

text A Big Victory For Oregon’s Biggest Union Shamus Cooke 2013-08-19 8:59 AM
After years of painful backsliding, the state workers of Oregon’s largest union, SEIU 503, recently stood firm and scored a big win in their contract negotiations against the state’s anti-union Democratic governor, John Kitzhaber. (text/plain)

image Torture by Design: Saying No to the Architecture of Solitary Confinement Raphael Sperry interviewed by Angola 3 News 2013-08-17 8:33 PM
Torture by Design: Saying No to the Architecture of Solitary Confinement
Friday, August 16 marked the 40th consecutive day of a multi-ethnic statewide prisoner hunger strike initiated from inside the Security Housing Unit (SHU) of California's Pelican Bay State Prison. As the horror of solitary confinement comes under increasing scrutiny in the US and around the world, human rights activists are confronting this public health and safety epidemic from a variety of angles. One group, called Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility has... (image/jpeg)

text The August 24 March on Washington: Why We Need a New Civil Rights and Labor Movement Mark Vorpahl 2013-08-09 7:05 AM
It could have been left as a relatively small event that would make little impact, but plans for the 50th anniversary of 1963′s March on Washington appear to have taken another course. (text/html)

text Wall Street plunders Detroit while pensioners take blame Systemic Disorder 2013-08-07 8:41 PM
In North America, Detroit fulfills the same function as Greece does for Europe: A scapegoat. Larger economic and social forces, disinvestment and financial industry legerdemain are the major factors in Detroit’s financial struggles as Wall Street used complex, and poorly understood, derivatives to extract money through “heads I win, tails you lose” tactics. (text/plain)

text Snowden and Latin America Expose Washington’s Impotence in a Changing World Finian Cunningham 2013-07-22 7:25 AM
One of America’s genuine heroes, Major General Smedley D Butler revealed in his memoirs the true, abhorrent nature of Washington’s foreign policy. Butler had led countless military operations in Central America and the Caribbean as a US Marines Corp commander in the era of «gunboat diplomacy» during the early 1900s. Years after his retirement, he spoke out candidly and ruefully of his highly decorated military service in a book entitled War is a Racket. Here is how Butler characterized with unsparing words his service for country in 1935, five years before his death: (text/html)

text Expected Hedge Fund vs. Argentina Ruling Will Impact Global Poverty Jennifer Tong 2013-07-19 8:18 PM
Any day, the US 2nd Circuit Court will rule between Argentina and hedge funds; the ruling will impact global poverty and poor country access to credit. (text/html)

text Portland’s Austerity Resistance Movement Sparks Changes to City Solidarity Against Austerity 2013-06-30 7:31 AM
On June 20, Oregon’s Portland City Council unanimously voted to approve a budget that had been one of the most grassroots-contested examples of austerity in recent memory. (text/html)

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