FDL Book Salon Welcomes Mark Schapiro, Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global Economy

By: Saturday September 20, 2014 1:59 pm

One thing is for certain about climate change, to borrow the words of the title of the new book written by author, journalist and activist Naomi Klein: it changes everything. Just about a month before her book came out though, so too did another one singing a similar tune: Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy, authored by investigative journalist Mark Schapiro.


You Groped It, You Bought It

By: Tuesday July 30, 2013 1:41 pm

Before he heads off for two fun-filled weeks of Sex Camp, San Diego’s soon to be ex-mayor Bob Filner is all “Yo, bro, can you pick up the check on this one? I’ll catch the next one.”

Fixating on the Cost of Policing Occupy Protests

By: Wednesday November 23, 2011 9:40 am

An AP report on costs cities are facing for police to deal with occupations raises more questions than the AP report mentions. Cities need to be asking whether they wish to be spending money on police actions that have often been unnecessary, highly questionable or worse, as the contrast between different cities shows.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dave Zirin, Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love

By: Saturday December 18, 2010 1:59 pm

As both a liberal and a sports fanatic, I jumped at the chance to host today’s salon with Dave Zirin to talk about his new book “Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love.” Dave’s book is a very smart, witty and hard-hitting look at how jerkbag sports owners have transformed their stadiums from blue-collar and middle-class entertainment venues into massive profit-making behemoths tailored more toward corporate America than Joe Six Pack. Average families have found themselves priced out of going to games, since owners have cordoned off entire sections of ballparks for luxury boxes and club seats. And to make matters worse, these same owners have grown ever-more-fond of shaking down taxpayers for cash to build their multiplexes despite the fact that many of these taxpayers will never be able to afford to attend a game. This heinous practice is particularly glaring in Washington, DC where the city forked over hundreds of millions of dollars to build a new ballpark for the perpetually terrible Washington Nationals, despite the fact that the city at the time was planning to shut down a whopping 24 public schools.

FDL Movie Night: Pricele$$

By: Monday November 8, 2010 5:00 pm

What is the cost of getting elected? A lot. More zeros than I can count per candidate per election cycle. That money comes from their own personal wealth and even more so from campaign donations; case in point, failed California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, who could have done a lot more good for California giving that $140 million (forty of it hers), to schools and causes, funding small locally businesses in depressed neighborhoods, investing and spreading her wealth, rather than spending her owns and the combined of others besides. For decades it has taken small fortunes to get elected, or at least to run: Kennedy, Bush, Kerry, McCain, Edwards, these are storied and even more so moneyed names which come to mind as using personal wealth. Candidates without such a kick start need to work even harder to raise money, and along the way, America has lost. Pricele$$ points out that politics is not a poor man’s business. Yet the majority of Americans lack the funding to run for office, should they so choose.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Moby and Miyun Park, Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety

By: Saturday April 3, 2010 2:00 pm

The cover of Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety (Thinking Twice About the Meat We Eat) says it all. It shows a picture of a cow, separated into its various cuts – except each cut lists a different issue to consider when choosing to eat meat or not: health, environment, workers, taxpayer cost, animals, children’s health, global hunger, zoonotic diseases, communities, and climate change. The book, edited by Moby with Miyun Park, includes a series of essays, one on each of those topics. And by addressing each of those issues, this book takes the debate about what role food animals should play in our society and how they should be treated to a new level.

Utah Taxpayers Duped into Providing Free Police Services for Tea Party Express Fundraising Event?

By: Sunday March 28, 2010 7:00 pm

The Tea Party Express sails into town in their huge buses, suck up taxpayer services and hold their event in public parks all the while screaming about the need to cut taxes and reduce government services.

Let Them Eat Pedicures

By: Thursday October 9, 2008 1:30 pm

How appropriate Sen. John McCain didn’t mention the words “middle class” in this week’s presidential debate—or in the first presidential debate.

Because as a proponent of and heir to the greedy, corrupt, rich-first regime of the past eight years, McCain and the conservative ideologues he’s trying to distance himself from to win the election, are reaping the rotten fruits of policies that have systematically devastated the sound financial foundations of America’s working families.

Northrop Tanker Deal Will Cost U.S. Taxpayers Billions

By: Thursday June 5, 2008 10:30 am

Remember that $35 billion air fleet tanker contract—the one the U.S. Department of Defense gave to European-based firm EADS, which makes the Airbus, rather than to U.S.-based Boeing? Looks like 44,000 jobs and the expanded purchasing power those jobs would have created in more than 40 states aren’t the nation’s only losses in the Bush administration’s decision to award the contract to an overseas bidder.

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