>Could it have something to do with the recent affection of hedge-fund managers for the Democratic Party?by Robert Reichhttp://www.salon.com (October 25 2007)New data from the Internal Revenue Service show that income inequality continues to widen. The wealthiest one percent of Americans earn more than 21 percent of all income. That's a postwar record. The bottom … Continue reading >Why Democrats are afraid to raise taxes on the rich
>Clusterfuck Nationby Jim KunstlerComment on current events by the author of The Long Emergency (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005)www.kunstler.com (October 29 2007)When historians glance back at 2007 through the haze of their coal-fired stoves, they will mark this year as the onset of the Long Emergency - or whatever they choose to call the unraveling of … Continue reading >Assumptions
>Are we already shutting our minds to the consequences of climate change?by George MonbiotPublished in the Guardian (October 30 2007)A few weeks ago I read what I believe is the most important environmental book ever written. It is not Silent Spring, Small is Beautiful or even Walden. It contains no graphs, no tables, no facts, … Continue reading >The Road Well Travelled
>by Alexander Cockburnhttp://www.counterpunch.com (October 20 / 21 2007)The pollster and immensely influential tactical adviser at Hillary Clinton's elbow is Mark Penn. Penn's polling played a crucial role in Bill Clinton's recovery from the nadir of 1994, when he joined Team Clinton as part of the rescue party summoned by Hillary Clinton and headed by Dick … Continue reading >The Man Who Builds Hillaryworld
>by Suzanne Elstonhttp://yourearth.blogspot.com (May 22 2007)Like a lot of Canadians, I divided my Victoria Day weekend between garden centres and dallying in our flower gardens at home. Aside from the perennials that we've inherited from our mother's and grandmother's gardens, up until now most of our flowers have been annuals. This year we decided to … Continue reading >Plastics are Forever
>Iraq's Environmental Crisisby Jeffrey St Clair and Joshua Frankhttp://www.counterpunch.com (October 25 2007)The ecological effects of war, like its horrific toll on human life, are exponential. When the Bush Administration and their Congressional allies sent our troops in to Iraq to topple Saddam's regime, they not only ordered these men and women to commit crimes against … Continue reading >Ecological Warfare
>Is There a Method to Bush's Middle East Madness?by Rannie Amirihttp://www.counterpunch.org (October 22 2007)Over the past several weeks, the United States has gone out of its way to offend, irk and otherwise provoke a select group of leaders and nations. Through a series of deliberate and calculated actions intended to purposefully estrange those most likely … Continue reading >The Politics of "Appeevement"
>Bush's Pentagon PapersThe Urge to Confessby Tom EngelhardtTom Dispatch (October 19 2007)They can't help themselves. They want to confess.How else to explain the torture memorandums that continue to flow out of the inner sancta of this administration, the most recent of which were evidently leaked to the New York Times. Those two, from the Alberto … Continue reading >Do We Already Have Our Pentagon Papers?
>Plagued by narcissism and impatience, US foreign policy betrays all of the symptoms of Criminal Thinking.by Jim PittawayThe American Conservative (October 22 2007)Our local newspaper recently printed comments from our esteemed senators, Max Baucus and Jon Tester. Responding to General Petraeus's report, both roundly denounced the hapless Iraqi government for, as Max put it, "failing … Continue reading >Superpower Trip
>Size and Scope of Dirty Money Laundering by Big US Banksby James PetrasFrom La Jornada (May 19 2001)There is a consensus among US Congressional Investigators, former bankers and international banking experts that US and European banks launder between $500 billion and $1 trillion of dirty money annually, half of which is laundered by US banks … Continue reading >Growth and Empire