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 […]

Student loan debt, ‘financial forgiveness’ and the perils of ‘moral hazard’

Can you imagine a country where education is not a human right but a commodity to be bought and sold using debt?  Yes, well America is one such country; there are many, many others (http://sinche.uom.gr/sites/default/files/proj15_ziderman.pdf). With for profit prisons, for profit medical care and for profit, well, for-profit everything when it comes to declaring independence […]

Bradley Manning: America's #1 political prisoner and the 'rule of hypocrisy'

Selective prosecution Much has been written about the unfair charges and actions taken by the government of the US against political prisoner, Bradley Manning.  However what often goes unnoticed is the leaking of information by the US government when it is convenient for them and the failure to prosecute the one percent. Bradley Manning was […]

What the Pope can teach President Barrack Obama

  picture of President Obama at the World Bank  Introduction Barack Obama’s election in 2008 was largely in response to Bush era misconduct. He ran on a platform of Hope and Change — a promise to restore the rule of law, respect civil liberties, and mend relations with the international community. Since his election, Obama […]

Obama’s 20/20 plan for higher education: using accrediting agencies to destroy community colleges and the case of City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Part four

  Introduction In this, part four of the series entitled “Obama’s 20/20 plan for higher education: chump change you cannot believe in”, we will examine just how Obama and the mavens of privatization, Lumina and friends, use accrediting agencies that work to allow what were once called community colleges to live or die.  This is […]

Are IRS agents training with AR-15s to engage taxpayers at gunpoint?

  From: Natural News http://www.naturalnews.com/040845_IRS_AR-15_taxpayers.html June 19th, 2013 (NaturalNews) To hear the multitude of anti-Second Amendment types in the Obama Administration and scattered throughout out the federal law enforcement community, Joe and Jane American don’t need a military look-alike, semi-automatic rifle. But apparently it’s okay if agents of the Internal Revenue Service have them because, […]

Rafael Correa is not considering Snowden asylum: says Consul granting a temporary travel card was a mistake

In an effort to backpedal from what could have been disastrous for Ecuador and the Correa government, Ecuador’s president revealed July 1, 2013 that the whistleblower, Edward Snowden was granted a temporary travel card at 4am ‘without authorization or validity’. Correa said that Ecuador is not Considering Edward Snowden’s asylum request and never intended to […]

Obama & Mandela: standing on opposite sides of history

On June 29, 2013 it was reported that Barack Obama met with Nelson Mandela’s family, praising Mandela as one of the great men of history. The Huffington Post reported that [South African President] Zuma underscored the historical similarities between Mandela and Obama: “The two of you are also bound by history as the first black […]

Ecuador cancels the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (TATPDEA) as the US creates an international incident

    “Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted… but to weigh and consider.” Francis Bacon I read today in the Guardian UK (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/ecuador-us-trade-pact-edward-snowden?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2) that Ecuador has waived preferential trade rights with Washington over the Edward Snowden affair even as the whistleblower’s prospect of reaching Quito seem dim.  These […]

Booz Allen Hamilton: “helping the government insure domestic tranquility” — Edward Snowden

Introduction On June 24th, 2013, The Huffington Post reported that Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked information on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, says he sought a job with Booz Allen Hamilton to gather evidence on the agency’s data collection networks (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/edward-snowden-booz-allen-hamilton_n_3491203.html). In a June 12, 2013 interview with the South China […]