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Walmart Black Friday Strike Being Organized Online For Stores Across U.S.

  • The outreach leading up to Black Friday follows a series of unprecedented actions taken by Walmart workers against their employer and working conditions. In October, for the first time in the company's 50-year history, more than 70 workers at multiple Los Angeles-area Walmart stores walked off the job, even though their jobs are not protected by an official union. The strike had a ripple effect, causing strikes in 12 other cities, in large part through online organizing.
  • Walmart’s Black Friday ultimatum

Kathleen Miles, Huffington Post

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Photo from the first-ever Walmart strike, when more than LA 70 workers walked off the job in October

November 9, 2012 | Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving regarded as one of the biggest shopping days of the year, may be dramatically different this year.

Organizers are planning a nationwide strike against Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, and are banking on a new strategy: online organizing.
Labor organizers are working with social action nonprofit Engage Network as well as corporate watchdog nonprofit Corporate Action Network to pull off what they are calling a "viral" -- meaning national and spreading online -- strike.

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Walmart’s Black Friday ultimatum, Josh Eidelson, Salon
Walmart workers are now threatening to walk out on the year's biggest shopping day
“I’m Excited, I’m Nervous, I’m Scared…” Walmart Workers Walk Off Jobs


 

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Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts

We are joined by Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-author of the new report, "The CEO Campaign to 'Fix' the Debt: A Trojan Horse for Massive Corporate Tax Breaks.'

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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November 13, 2012 | As the White House begins a series of meetings today on the looming "fiscal cliff," a coalition of the largest corporate firms and advocacy groups is lobbying for wide-ranging cuts in government spending, including to programs like Medicare and Social Security. The group, which includes 80 of the country’s most powerful CEOs, is called the Campaign to Fix the Debt. It was co-founded by former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, previously the co-chairs of President Obama’s bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Critics have accused the group of using the budget crisis to push for corporate tax cuts. We are joined by Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-author of the new report, "The CEO Campaign to 'Fix' the Debt: A Trojan Horse for Massive Corporate Tax Breaks." [includes rush transcript]

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58 percent of eligible voters boycott presidential election

  • “I won’t participate in the elections, because I think the US governmental system is fundamentally illegitimate. I believe the US electoral system only paves the way for the legitimization of a government that is directed from above and under an oligarchic system,” Keith Preston of “Attack The System” group said.
  • The S&M Election

citizens84, Citizens' Awareness Vanguard

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US citizens fill their ballots in a temporary polling station at the Ocean County courthouse in Toms River, New Jersey, November 4, 2012

November 6, 2012 |  At least 58 percent of eligible voters in the United States have decided not to participate in the US presidential election, arguing that their votes will have no effect on their future, a report says.

Various studies, however, suggest that, many of the non-participant Americans are committed to political participation in their society, anyway.

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The S&M Election, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Our masters rely on our labor to make them wealthy, on our children for cannon fodder in war and on our collective chants for adulation. They would otherwise happily slip us rat poison. When they retreat into their inner sanctums, which they keep hidden from public view, they speak in the cold words of manipulation, power and privilege, words that expose their visions of themselves as beyond the reach of morality or law.
  • Beyond the Dead End of American Electoral Politics
     

US Elections: From the “Lesser to the Greater Evil”

  • Critical liberals have crossed the line, surrendering their integrity by deflecting attention from Obama’s militarist-socially regressive policies to focus on “opposing Romney” as a “greater evil”: progressives and critical liberals have multiplied and magnified the duplicity of the Obama political apparatus.
  • The Demise of Critical Liberalism
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

James Petras, Global Research

November 03, 2012 | There is ample evidence that the Obama Presidency has pulled the US political spectrum further to the Right. On most domestic and foreign policy issues Obama has embraced extremist positions surpassing his Republican predecessor and in the process devastating what remained of the peace and social movements of the past decade. Moreover, the Obama Presidency has laid the groundwork for the immediate future promising a further extension of regressive policies following the presidential elections: cuts in Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. Incumbents and their opposition compete over hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign funding from wealthy donors, which they will have to repay in the post-election period in billion dollar handouts, subsidies, tax abatements, anti-labor and environmental policies. Not a single positive proposal was put forth by the Obama campaign but numerous militarist and regressive social policies were articulated. The Obama campaign ran a fear campaign, playing off of the reactionary proposals of the Romney-Tea Party alliance: a cover for his own record of unprecedented military spending, sequential wars, immigrant expulsions, mortgage foreclosures and Wall Street bailouts.

In the process, critical liberals have crossed the line, surrendering their integrity by deflecting attention from Obama’s militarist-socially regressive policies to focus on “opposing Romney” as a “greater evil”: progressives and critical liberals have multiplied and magnified the duplicity of the Obama political apparatus. In the name of opposing the current ‘greater evil’ (Romney) they dare not enumerate and specify the wanton political crimes and monumental socio-economic in justice perpetrated by their “lesser evil” candidate (Obama). Will the “progressives” ever play honest and publicly state: we back Obama in “swing states” because he has “only” murdered 10,000 Afghans, 5,000 Iraqis, is starving 75 million Iranian’s via sanctions, gives $3 billion for Israeli displacement of millions of Palestinians, personally oversees the arbitrary executions of US citizens and promises an extended kill list ... because Romney promises to be worse ... Expecting honesty from the proponents of ‘lesser evils’ is as farfetched as taking serious their criticisms between elections.

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The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can? Jack A. Smith, Countercurrents.org

  • In today's society — based on gross economic inequality facilitated by a two-party political system spanning center right to far right and where big money is the decisive factor in the electoral process — an ostensibly democratic election can hardly mitigate the worst of abuses afflicting working people and their families much less bring about substantial reform.
  • The Only Winner in November Will Be The Status Quo
  • Special Project | Campaign 2012: Week of  August 19, 2012


 

Invisible injuries grip young veterans

  • As (Armistice) Day rolls around Sunday, I will be thinking of these soldiers and the thousands more among us whose wounds we cannot see.
  • Vets Confront Mental Health Crisis, Soldier Suicides and Violence

Gabriel Campanario, Seattle (WA) Times

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Veteran Timm Lovitt takes a moment of silence by a monument that welcomes veterans to Edmonds Community College. As an Invisible Wounds Trainer for the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, Lovitt helps local soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries adapt to life after combat. [Click on sketches to see larger versions]

November 9, 2012 | These young war veterans didn't lose any limbs in combat. They returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan a few years ago all in one piece, but soon began to feel the pain of invisible injuries they didn't even realize they had.

We hear the names of these injuries more and more these days: PTSD for post-traumatic stress disorder and TBI for traumatic brain injury. Yet it is hard to fully understand the struggles these veterans go through to keep themselves together.

As Veterans Day rolls around Sunday, I will be thinking of these soldiers and the thousands more among us whose wounds we cannot see.

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Vets Confront Mental Health Crisis, Soldier Suicides and Violence, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

  • On Afghan War 11th Anniversary
  • The Right Wing Shafts Our Veterans
  • Suicide and the Soldier
     

Frank Rich | Fantasyland

  • For all the hand-wringing about Washington's chronic dysfunction and lack of bipartisanship, it may be the wholesale denial of reality by the opposition and its fellow travelers that is the biggest obstacle to our country moving forward under a much-empowered Barack Obama in his second term. If truth can't command a mandate, no one can.
  • Denial has poisoned the GOP and threatens the rest of the country too.
  • Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

Frank Rich, New York Magazine

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November 9, 2012 | Mitt Romney is already slithering into the mists of history, or at least La Jolla, gone and soon to be forgotten. A weightless figure unloved and distrusted by even his own supporters, he was always destined, win or lose, to be a transitory front man for a radical-right GOP intent on barreling full-speed down the Randian path laid out by its true 2012 standard-bearer, Paul Ryan. But as was said of another unsuccessful salesman who worked the New England territory, attention must be paid to Mitt as the door slams behind him in the aftermath of Barack Obama’s brilliant victory. Though Romney has no political heirs in his own party or elsewhere, he does leave behind a cultural legacy of sorts. He raised Truthiness to a level of chutzpah beyond Stephen Colbert’s fertile imagination, and on the grandest scale. That a presidential hopeful so cavalierly mendacious could get so close to the White House, winning some 48 percent of the popular vote, is no small accomplishment. The American weakness that Romney both apotheosized and exploited in achieving this feat—our post-fact syndrome where anyone on the public stage can make up anything and usually get away with it—won’t disappear with him. A slicker liar could have won, and still might.

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George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left, George Monbiot, Guardian UK

  • Conservativism may be the refuge of the dim. But the room for rightwing ideas is made by those too timid to properly object.
  • How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington
  • Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes
     

Ron Paul One Of The Most Corrupt Members Of Congress, Report Finds

  • (Liberty Committee President David) James called (Paul's) policies "just what this country needs." "The message is great," said James. "It's the messenger that is the problem."
  • Ron Paul's Useful Idiots on the Left
  • Loveable Extremist

Elizabeth Flock, US News and World Report

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at a rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.


September 12, 2012 | Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul has been named one of the most corrupt members of Congress in a new report from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The report says Paul "double-billed" his travel expenses a number of times over the last decade, meaning he may have been reimbursed for the same flights both under his official allowance as congressman, and by either non-profit groups under his control or his campaign committee.

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Ron Paul's Useful Idiots on the Left, Megan Carpentier, Guardian UK

  • Progressives who make common cause with Paul on US foreign policy ignore his stunningly reactionary views on everything else.
  • Loveable Extremist
  • 5 Reasons Progressives Should Treat Ron Paul with Extreme Caution

Loveable Extremist, Patrick Caldwell, American Prospect

  • Liberals may have a soft spot for Ron Paul, but on economic issues, he's the most extreme of the GOP candidates.
  • Paul 'Did Not Deny' Controversial Statement About Black Men
  • 5 Reasons Progressives Should Treat Ron Paul with Extreme Caution
     

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