Total Lunar Eclipse Visible in North America Tonight

By: Monday April 14, 2014 7:35 pm

Many residents of North America, and a few in South America, will be able to see a total lunar eclipse tonight — the first of 2014.

50 Years of Political Puppets

By: Friday December 27, 2013 7:00 pm

The Bread & Puppet Theater turned 50 years old in 2013.

Book Salon Preview: Goliath, Life & Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal – Part Two: The Book’s Reception – Updated

By: Thursday October 31, 2013 2:00 pm

The push-back against Max Blumenthal for Goliath is reminiscent to the reception of The Israel Lobby. One might say, though, that the militant Zionist hits against the new book are informed somewhat by what Zionist commentators have learned from Walt and Mearsheimer’s book.

All Things Considered Promotes Baldfaced Lie About New Iranian Foreign Minister

By: Saturday September 7, 2013 12:52 pm

Didn’t anyone realize the importance of Zarif’s perception of what Iranians have undergone because of the probably inaccurate portrayal of a recently term-limited bogeyman?

Eric Holder Acknowledges That the War on Drugs Is Racist

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 5:20 pm

When the person charged with carrying out the drug war is publicly admitting it has serious problems, it is a real sign that reformers are successfully changing the public narrative. Admitting there is a problem is the first step towards actually solving it.

Disabled Now Blamed for Social Security’s Woes AND Sluggish Economy

By: Monday April 8, 2013 11:20 am

Recently, Planet Money at NPR, wrote a hit-piece accusing the disabled of fraudulently obtaining benefits through SSI and SSDI. Contagion followed and other pundits compounded the NPR error by repeating the falsehoods. But now we have WSJ ‘piling on’ to blame the disabled for leaving the workforce and creating a sluggish economy. The disabled are the designated ‘bad guys.’

How ‘This American Life’ Got Disability Wrong

By: Friday March 29, 2013 5:55 am

A dramatic investigation aired this week by This American Life raised concerns about federal disability insurance with its portrayal of the system as dysfunctional, financially unsustainable and ballooning out of control.

But experts say the program omitted key evidence that the doubling of workers on disability insurance since 1995 has been driven by genuine need.

NPR Trashes the Disabled

By: Thursday March 28, 2013 5:50 am

In a piece meant to be a summary of six months of studying a spike in disability claims, NPR has ostensibly written a media white paper to expose moral turpitude among the recently disabled. The piece is titled “Unfit For Work.”

The kind of conclusions the writer for NPR arrives at are specious at best, and malignant at worst. The implicit assumptions are that many abled persons are applying for and receiving disability insurance benefits and that this is due to loss of jobs in a recessionary economy.

Has NPR Joined Peter Peterson’s Crusade Against Social Security and Medicare?

By: Wednesday March 6, 2013 2:45 pm

The most striking feature of the U.S. economy over the last three decades has been the upward redistribution of income. The top 1.0 percent of households has managed to pocket the vast majority of gains over this period. That is a sharp contrast with the three decades immediately following World War II when the benefits of much more rapid growth were broadly shared.

The Vortex of Stupidity, Also Known as Washington, DC

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 6:30 pm

I’m a bit surprised we don’t see more news articles like this one from the AP last Sunday (October 14) about a man attempting to rob a bank of $1 so he could be sent to a Federal Prison. How bad must it be to want to rob a bank so that you can get sent to prison? My guess is the three hots and a cot and health care sounded mighty appealing if the option was starving on the street.

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