This statistic is less of a surprise than it appears:
Thanksgiving night shopping looked like a new family tradition this year as stores opened earlier and consumers took advantage of the extra time to spread out their Black Friday shopping.
The Thursday-through-Sunday tally, though, was less buying overall, according to data from [...]
It is not surprising that Rush Limbaugh, spiritual leader of the Republican Party – the man who determines Republican ideology and who enforces obedience to orthodoxy within the party – now finds Pope Francis a “Marxist”. Pope Francis, spiritual leader to over one billion Catholics, has issued a direct assault on the [...]
Hilarity, that’s what…
Matt Taibbi’s been covering it – here’s a snippet of the original article: Chase’s Twitter Gambit Devolves into All-Time PR Fiasco:
“I almost couldn’t believe it when I heard that JP Morgan Chase was going to do a live Twitter Q&A with the public – you know, all those people around [...]
Warren proceeds to calmly recite numbers that could inspire even librarians to storm a few barricades. The Wall Street crash has cost the US economy $14tn, she says, but its top institutions are 30% larger than before, own half the country’s bank assets and are in receipt of an implicit taxpayer subsidy of $83bn [...]
Republicans party after big vote
The Money Party’s latest training exercise with live ammunition (aimed at us) is over for a while. At the last minute, the geniuses in your nation’s capitol got it together long enough to pass a relatively clean budget resolution and raise the debt limit for a few weeks. The [...]
NYT – AMIRAS, Greece — As they moved through the isolated villages in this region in 1943, systematically killing men in a reprisal for an attack on a small outpost, German soldiers dragged Giannis Syngelakis’s father from his home here and shot him in the head. Within two days, more than 400 men were dead [...]
ABC News, By Alan Farnham, October 2
An offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement plans to issue its own debit card. What’s next? The Occupy-edition Range Rover?
Asked this same snide question, Carne Ross, a board member of the Occupy Money Cooperative, tells ABC News that his group’s intentions could not be more altruistic [...]
Guardian story here
ekathimerini story here
A-Z on how to turn a liberal democracy into a proto-fascist state-
just take away people’s food, lodging, and jobs to pay back the international bankers of the IMF.
Note the non-response by the ruling party in the linked stories.
(originally posted Sep 13)
Update1: Greece moves [...]
Guardian Online – Police fired tear gas at demonstrating school guards amassed outside the administrative reform ministry in Athens. Three protestors were subsequently rushed to hospital suffering respiratory problems. The decision of authorities to resort to using toxic chemicals so early in the day appears only to have reinforced the resolve of unions in [...]
Lesson to learn — it’s usually not their fault. Case in point:
Donald Cardin became a firefighter at age 20 in Central Falls, R.I., a town just north of Providence that filed for bankruptcy in 2011. He was making $60,000 a year as a fire chief before retiring at age 42 in 2007 to take [...]
Drop dead date pushed up – Man made pollution, mostly CO2, is accelerating at a rate that has a definite endpoint for world civilization as we know it. Since accumulated CO2 in the atmosphere sticks around for hundreds of years, we won’t be able to change the cycle of oblivion once it gets rolling. (Image: [...]
Chris Hedges has been doing interviews on TheRealNews.com. There are or will be seven in all. Some I could only find in video but I read what transcripts I could find.
They discuss where we’re at, how we got there and where (if anywhere) we go from here.
A curious little item in Time Magazine this issue:
If you are in any doubt about how little has changed on Wall Street since 2008, check out yesterday’s front page New York Times story about how banks like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley profited wildly by hoarding and slowing the supply of various commodity metals [...]
We all lie, to some degree. But not all lies are created equally.
My dad once said the worst kind of lie is when you lie to yourself.
We, collectively, the United States of America, are lying to ourselves on so many fronts, I don’t know where to begin.