FDL Movie Night: Tanzania, A Journey Within

By: Monday April 21, 2014 4:59 pm

Tanzania A Journey Within, directed by tonight’s guest, Sylvia Caminer, begins with a simple concept: Venance, whose mother died from HIV, left his home in Tanzania nine years ago to pursue his dreams of a college education. His friend Kristen, who he met while they attended the University of Miami, is a privileged girl from Virginia, and would like to go with him and see the Africa she dreams of–wild animals, mud huts, a peaceful existence with nature.

Same as It Ever Was: War, Peace, Wall Street, and the Smothers Brothers

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 4:37 pm

Censored for years, the Smothers Brothers kept on satirizing. In the end their uncompromising political message drove them off the air, with CBS firing the duo and the rest of their comedy ensemble under pressure from the White House. Though the Brothers and the ACLU fought a successful legal battle in response, their careers were effectively over. A documentary, Smothered, tells the whole story — but only clips seem to be available online.

Wall Street Journal Doubles Down On Paul Ryan’s Critique Of ‘Inner City’ People

By: Monday March 24, 2014 10:59 am

After Congressman Paul Ryan went on Bill Bennett’s radio show and blamed poverty on “inner city” culture there was a public outcry. Most observers understood that the comment was a thinly veiled racial attack, a view bolstered by the context which included Ryan referencing Charles Murray, co-author of the extremely controversial book on racial intelligence [...]

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ken Jacobs, When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 1:59 pm

The 21st century United States is a nation of great income inequality and entrenched poverty. Progressives have demanded federal action to fight these problems, but Republican control over the House has made this nearly impossible. However, campaigns on the local and state levels have begun to transform the debate over income inequality. Beginning in the 1990s, living wage campaigns in cities across the nation began showing how local communities can make a difference. Some of the nation’s most politically progressive cities began pushing for paid sick leave, domestic partner benefits, and card check for unionization.

In the last two years, Occupy Wall Street brought economic inequality to the attention of national politicians and opened space for political leaders to push for higher minimum wage laws.

Farm Bill Passes Senate With Cuts To Food Stamps And Giveaways To Monsanto

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 6:45 am

The Senate has passed the Farm Bill which includes $8 billion of cuts to food stamps and $7 billion of increases to agribusiness. President Obama has said he will sign it into law. Game over.

House Farm Bill Includes $8 Billion Of Cuts To Food Stamps

By: Monday February 3, 2014 11:14 am

After extensive negotiations and public shaming the House of Representatives did what it was going to do anyway and cut food stamps. So just be happy the bill only cuts food stamps by $8 billion instead of the $39 billion the Republicans initially wanted.

Delayed Deliveries Are Not a Crisis

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 6:40 pm

A short shopping season of less than 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, combined with extraordinary numbers of deliveries and extreme weather problems caused thousands of packages not to be delivered by Christmas. For some media, this was the top story.

But that’s not a crisis.

Maintaining Nuclear Arsenal to Cost $355 Billion

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 10:42 am

As unemployment benefits are set to expire Saturday for 1.3 million Americans the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has produced an estimate for the costs of maintaining and modernizing America’s doomsday weapons – $355 billion.

Christmas Antidote: Actual News

By: Wednesday December 25, 2013 6:01 pm

Here’s a swig of actual news to wash down all those twee “human interest” pieces sticking in your throat.

As Unemployed Lose Benefits DC Enjoys A Wonderful Year Of Patronage

By: Tuesday December 24, 2013 11:50 am

In DC, it’s been a hell of a year. DC residents are enjoying a personal income boom thanks to the kind of patronage found in the Ryan-Murray budget. Special interests are getting rich off of near endless taxpayer money.

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Upcoming FDL Book Salons

Saturday, April 26, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power
Chat with Nomi Prins about her new book. Hosted by Bill Black.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game
Chat with Edward Achorn about his new book. Hosted by Richard Taylor (dakine01).

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