Will the Real Hillary Rodham Clinton please stand up?

A friend in Murmansk and I have been having a discussion about Ukraine and Crimea. She asked me if I had read the history of Ukraine and Russia. I told her that I have read the Ukrainian version as was provided to me by a Ukrainian.  And then I said… What I have heard in this […]

The N Y Times misleads us again, sigh.

“Fed Misread Fiscal Crisis, Records Show” ~ N Y Times 12/22/2014 “As Crisis Loomed, Yellen Made Wry and Forceful Calls for Action” ~ N Y Times  02/22/2014 SERIOUSLY?  The crisis was caused by the banks and their actions and by Congress and their inaction.  The Feds were simply ugly cheerleaders.    The “banks,” and I […]

We Steal Elections, don't we?: A brief history of the right wing assault on democracy

In  2010 the Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United case  that corporations are people and money is speech, opening the flood gates for corporations and plutocrats to spend unlimited amounts  of outside money to  influence elections and threaten politicians. An immediate result  was millionaire Art Pope spending millions to engineer the Republican  take over […]

How to stop the billionaire bandits holding the US hostage

  It is clear that the so called “business and financial elites” have a stranglehold on our economy, government and political system, if not our minds.  The current shutdown of the government can be traced back to lobbying groups such as the US Chamber of Commerce and the billionaires who fund the Tea Party through […]

Reistance to college privatization and the decimation of City College of San Francisco: Critically question power and occupy your mind

The following is from Bob of Occupy, a fighter, organizer and resister against the privatization of education and especially the issues surrounding the decimation of the City College of San Fransisco College (CCSF): Throughout our political  engagements these days, the most basic democratic principles of an informed and questioning electorate are being marginalized through the sometimes […]

The Need for (and Unlikely American Embrace of) Reason, Ethics, and Law

Empires despise laws. Now the U.S. Empire desires to dominate Syria, in contravention of United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions. But when the Geneva Conventions and International Laws of War and Commerce were created and put into force, there was still a belief that nations of the world could live in harmony by being […]

SUTTER HEALTH'S "REGIONALIZATION" PLAN AND ITS EFFECT ON PATIENT CARE

By Gregory J. Duncan, M.D. In rural California, a David vs. Goliath battle over the future healthcare is in its final stages.  The story began in 2009, when Sutter Health Corporation, a multibillion dollar healthcare management firm affiliated with 24 locally owned  hospitals, acted to transfer ownership of the hospitals into regions, a process which […]

Digital Deformation

Digital Deformation By Steven Miller and Satish Musunuru   “The executive branch has now confirmed that the ‘rules, regulations and court-imposed standards for protecting the privacy of Americans’ have been violated thousands of times each year.  We have previously said that the violations of these laws and rules were more serious than had been acknowledged, […]