Unit 8200 Intelligence Reservists in Israel Boycott “Intrusive” Spying on Palestinians

By: Friday September 12, 2014 6:50 pm

Israeli Unit 8200 Intelligence Reservists Boycott “Intrusive” Spying On Palestinians

“Dozens of Israeli reservists with an elite intelligence unit have refused to take part in spying activities on Palestinians, denouncing the military’s intrusive security policies in an open letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and armed forces chiefs.”

 

Net Neutrality: Goodbye Open Internet?

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 6:52 pm

Today marks a moment long dreaded — the beginning of the end of net neutrality.

McJobs: Bad and Getting Worse

By: Monday April 15, 2013 6:30 pm

A couple of years ago, you might remember that McDonalds got a lot of publicity out of a one day hiring binge. I wrote about it here with a follow-up about the Washington Post noticing that it was a “McJobs” economic recovery a couple of weeks later. So here we are, two years later and where exactly are we?

At best, we are treading water. At best.

Reaction to the S&P Lawsuit Is Just What You’d Expect

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 4:48 pm

Big lawsuits are great opportunities to look at the state of mind of reporters, pundits and bloggers. I have posts on the case focused on the facts, the law and what they say about the Department of Justice. Of course, my biases are obvious: I think the DOJ refused to enforce the laws against fraud by Wall Street executives, that the refusal to investigate and enforce the law was a deliberate policy choice by President Obama, and that policy was intentionally put into practice by Attorney General Eric Holder and the head of the DOJ Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer. Others show their biases as well.

Locking in Dirty Energy Demand: GE Signs Deal With Clean Energy Fuels for Gas-Powered Vehicles

By: Wednesday November 21, 2012 6:50 pm

Clean Energy Fuels (CEF) signed a deal with General Electric (GE) to purchase its natural gas vehicle fueling assets in an effort to expand what it describes as “America’s Natural Gas Highway.”

CEF is owned on a 20.8 percent basis by T. Boone Pickens, energy magnate and owner of the hedge fund, BP Capital. Andrew Littlefair, President and CEO of CEF, described the deal as one of the “most significant milestones in Clean Energy’s history.”

The Difference Between Boy Scout Executives and Catholic Bishops

By: Saturday October 20, 2012 9:00 am

With the release of the “perversion files” compiled by the Boy Scouts of America, one of the talking points of the Catholic hierarchy and their defenders has gained more support. “See, child sexual abuse isn’t just a Catholic problem.” As Archbishop Timothy Dolan correctly noted last year, abusers are found in the ranks of not only priests but also teachers, coaches, family members, and yes, boy scout troop leaders. But the release of the Boy Scout files also undercuts those same talking points, too. As Archbishop Dolan incorrectly noted, the attention — and the lawsuits — aren’t restricted to the Catholic church.

Both organizations were clearly worried about institutional reputation, and the records in both the church and the scouts show how they worked to cover up, hide, and otherwise keep things out of the media and the courtroom. Both groups need to be, and increasingly are being, held accountable for this failure. But there is a significant difference between the two groups. One tried to weed these abusers out of their leadership; the other shifted these abusers around.

Meet the (formerly) Rev. William Cramer . . .

Billionaire Campaign Funding: A Horrible Way to Run a “Democracy”

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 1:10 pm

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who has already injected over $10 million into helping Newt Gingrich become President, told Forbes that he could easily spend $100 million this year on influencing politics. Having elections heavily impacted by the whims of a few billionaires is a horrible way to run a democracy. Even the billionaires currently exploiting it admit it is a horrible system, but that hasn’t stopped them from choosing to exploit it.

Late Night FDL: Negative “Goodwill Equity”

By: Saturday December 17, 2011 8:00 pm

Today however, we have someone like Donald Trump claiming to be worth $7B, with $3B of that being his “brand.” Yeah, that’s right. The guy whose combover has been likened to a dead raccoon claims a worth nearly double the generous estimates provided by Forbes. I guess The Donald must subscribe to the “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” theory since a recent Fox Poll (via Media Matters) showed a Trump endorsement would be received positively by 6% of those polled versus negatively by 31% of those polled.

Who Gets Capital Gains: A Tax Code Built for the Richest of the Rich

By: Monday November 21, 2011 12:00 pm

An article in Forbes reveals those at the top 0.1 percent in personal income in the country captured about half of the capital gains, which are currently taxed at just 15 percent. That makes this a prime mechanism for creating and increasing income inequality.

Concentrated Corporate Control Is Evidence Of Oligarchy

By: Thursday October 27, 2011 3:45 pm

I’ve read the paper, The Network of Global Corporate Control, and I think it is convincing evidence of the unnatural accumulation of corporate power and control in the hands of a few, the very definition of Oligarchy. The authors conclude that 737 holders accumulate 80% of the control over the value of all Transnational Corporations (TNCs), and 147 have 40% of the control over those TNCs.

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