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Paul Krugman | A Permanent Slump?

  • What if depression-like conditions are on track to persist, not for another year or two, but for decades?
  • Why the Boeing machinists' fight matters
  • What if this is the end of recovery, the new "normal"?
  • Obama should have listened to Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

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November 17, 2013 | Spend any time around monetary officials and one word you’ll hear a lot is “normalization.” Most though not all such officials accept that now is no time to be tightfisted, that for the time being credit must be easy and interest rates low. Still, the men in dark suits look forward eagerly to the day when they can go back to their usual job, snatching away the punch bowl whenever the party gets going.

But what if the world we’ve been living in for the past five years is the new normal? What if depression-like conditions are on track to persist, not for another year or two, but for decades?

The Nobel Prize-winning Op-Ed columnist Paul Krugman comments on economics and politics.

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Why the Boeing machinists' fight matters, Ari Paul, Aljazeera America

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Boeing's fight against its machinists raises a terrifying possibility about U.S. capitalism. It appears that instead of industrial growth translating into national prosperity, the United States is beginning to conform to what economists call the Iron Law of Wages, which says the natural price of labor is subsistence. The only reasonable pay for workers, the theory goes, is enough to sustain them to live and work to produce value for their bosses and nothing more.

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Obama should have listened to Paul Krugman, Walden Bello, Salon

Media Consolidation: Something to think about when you change channels

  • Why can't Americans think? Because it's on television, dummy.
  • "The World is a Business."
  • Setting the Agenda: Gathering News, Delivering News

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Mon, 18 Nov 2013 | Media Consolidation: The Illusion of Choice (Infographic)

Media has never been more consolidated. 6 media giant now control a staggering 90% of what we read, watch, entertain ourselves, or listen to.

At YouSayToo, you and passionate peers become curators — enthusiastic experts sharing compelling content related to your interest.

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Network (1976) - Ned Beatty - "The World is a Business", Daniel M. Kobayashi, YouTube

 

Beware: Huge Media Companies Are Selling Corporate Ideology as the "New American Center" Richard (RJ) Eskow, opednews.com

  • It's time to stop searching for a nonexistent center and start reflecting the needs of a very real majority instead. That majority is inadequately represented in Washington, which is a failure of our democracy. 
  • Six Myths About Food Stamps

 

Setting the Agenda: Gathering News, Delivering News, Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes

  • This issue is "Part Two" (although I'm not calling it that) of the "Labeling the Media" article that I ran in the last issue (#535). If you recall, I suggested that what many of us refer to as "The Media" might better be called The Mainstream Corporate For-Profit Bound Agenda-Setting Media. This week I look at that last adjective: "Agenda-Setting," and exactly how it is that what seems to be a decentralized, "independent" media system is really controlled by a relative few at the top. This is a complicated system, which I guess is why I think we need a lot of adjectives to begin to describe it.
  • Labeling The Media
  • Media Consolidation: Something to think about when you change channels

 

 

 

 
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Paul Buchheit, ed., American Wars: Illusions and Realities

  • Challenging US War Myths
  • Veterans Day is a prayer for peace

Michael Florentino, Peace & Conflict Monitor

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11/26/2009 | American Wars: Illusions and Realities is a collection of short contributions from various antiwar activists and intellectuals, including Howard Zinn, Tod Ensign of Citizen Soldier, and Gold Star Mother for Peace Cindy Sheehan. The aim of the book, edited by Paul Buchheit, is to provide clarity for activists struggling to rebuild an antiwar movement that has suffered from significant political weaknesses since 2003.

American Wars challenges and refutes many “common sense” ideas about the history and nature of U.S. military intervention. In the opening chapter of the book, Buchheit quotes a Pentagon document from 1992 that states, “In the Middle East and Southwest Asia, our overall objective is to remain the predominant outside power in the region and preserve U.S and Western access to the region’s oil.”

Michael Florentino is a contributor to Peace & Conflict Monitor

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Veterans Day is a prayer for peaceJoe Sacco and Adam HochschildTomDispatch

  • It's not an occasion to heap praise upon "warriors".
  • Selective Memory of Our Quagmire-Prone History
  • Stop thanking the troops for me: No, they don’t “protect our freedoms!”

For Minnesota Orchestra, a fresh start

Lee A. Henderson, Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

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Orchestra GraphicNovember 12, 2013 | It’s time. Not long ago, music critics were gushing about the Minnesota Orchestra, calling it perhaps the best orchestra in the world. Today it lies in shambles, the result of a bitter contest of competing philosophies. The Minnesota Orchestral Association (MOA) has sought to slash costs and reduce the quality of its product, arguing that that will be easier to fund within the community. The musicians want to continue to be a world-class ensemble and to make a living at comparable pay scales. While much of the debate has been around economics, what is really at the heart of this dispute is the vision for the future — an orchestra reduced in stature or one that continues to aspire to be among the best in the world.

In many ways, this dispute mirrors a current debate in our society — do we live in a world of scarcity, where there are limited resources and hoarding is the goal, or do we believe there are an abundance of resources so that if we work together, we can do great things? People of good faith have different opinions on the scarcity vs. abundance paradigm and it is reflected in the current orchestra stalemate.

Lee A. Henderson is an attorney and classical music lover in Minneapolis.

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Orchestra impasse shows Minnesota's off-key priorities, Arne Carlson, Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

  • Too generous with Wilfs, we let the music die. What kind of a ‘legacy’ is this?
  • 10 key points the public should know about the Minnesota Orchestra situation

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Dick Bernard | Thoughts at the end of the 13th month of the Lock Out of the Minnesota Orchestra, Dick Bernard, Thoughts Towards a Better World, Outside the Walls

  • Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 | A friend in Chicago area wrote today about the Minnesota Orchestra situation: “What a tragic turn of eventsfor all concerned!!” Along with her note came an article about the Chicago Symphony, which is on a distinctly different trajectory than, apparently, our own Orchestra, now in the second year of lock out. She added: “Not to make you feel bad….but perhaps some clues here for symphonic success!?”
  • The “filing cabinet” for Minnesota Orchestra matters is found at August 30, 2013, here.
  • This post also appears in the Blog Cabin Roundup of MinnPost for Nov. 1, 2013

No Thanksgiving


  • Which Companies Are Ruining Thanksgiving For Their Workers?
  • Here’s the ThinkProgress guide to the War on Thanksgiving.
  • Black Friday Walmart Protests
  • These Kmart Workers Say They Can't Even Take Thanksgiving Off

Progress Report, Center for American Progress 

 

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November 14, 2013 | It’s that time of the year: conservatives are once again decrying the non-existent War on Christmas.

 

Meanwhile, retailers across the country are engaged in a very real War on Thanksgiving by forcing their low-wage workers to come in and work on Thanksgiving Day so the rest of us can start shopping a few hours earlier.

 

 

Here’s the ThinkProgress guide to the War on Thanksgiving.

 

 

The Center for American Progress is a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization, "dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action."

 

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Black Friday Walmart Protests, Teresa, Joe, John and Susan, Peoples World / Black Friday Protests

The holiday season is already upon us and Black Friday Walmart protests are being planned across the nation. You can find one near you here: Black Friday Protests. Send us your photos, stories to editors@peoplesworld.org or tweet us @peoplesworld. Help us keep the coverage of Walmart workers going. Solidarity forever! 

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These Kmart Workers Say They Can't Even Take Thanksgiving Off, Jillian Berman, Huffington Post

  • Customers not thrilled about Kmart's Thanksgiving hours
  • Even before Kmart vowed to stay open for almost two days straight, the company’s Thanksgiving schedule was too grueling for some.
  • Add It Up: The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business
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How McDonald's And Walmart Became Welfare Queens

  • We should get corporate welfare queens off of the public teat. Regardless of your politics, it is an issue that politicians on both the Left and the Right can agree upon.
  • Black Friday Walmart Protests
  • Love, Corporate-Style

Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg View

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11/13/2013 | It seems that welfare queens are back in the news these days. The old stereotype was an inner-city unwed mother -- that’s dog-whistle-speak for black -- having multiple babies to get ever bigger welfare checks (throw in a new Cadillac and the myth is complete). Regardless, welfare reform of the 1990s ended that narrative.

No, the new welfare queens are even bigger, richer and less deserving of taxpayer support. The two biggest welfare queens in America today are Wal-Mart and McDonalds.

Barry Ritholtz is an American equities analyst, author, newspaper columnist, blogger (The Big Picture).

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Black Friday Walmart Protests, Teresa, Joe, John and Susan, Peoples World / Black Friday Protests

The holiday season is already upon us and Black Friday Walmart protests are being planned across the nation. You can find one near you here: Black Friday Protests. Send us your photos, stories to editors@peoplesworld.org or tweet us @peoplesworld. Help us keep the coverage of Walmart workers going. Donate today. Solidarity forever! 

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Love, Corporate-Style, Ralph Nader, Reader Supported News

  • Let's inform abusive companies like McDonald's and Walmart that entities created for profit are not our buddies, but rather "legal fictions" that must be held accountable to human necessities.
  • Ralph Nader: President Obama’s a ‘war criminal’
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Philippines delegate urges action at U.N. climate talks

  • The delegate drew a clear connection between climate change and Typhoon Haiyan 
  • As IPCC Warns of Climate Disaster, Will Scientific Consensus Spark Action on Global Warming?
  • The 2011 Climate B.S.* of the Year Awards

Lindsay Abrams, Salon 

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A woman looks out from the remains of her damaged house in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (Credit: AP/Bullit Marquez)

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 | With his home city, Tacloban, in ruins,  the commissioner for the Philippines climate change commission urged the U.N. in Warsaw to resolve the deadlocked climate talks.

“In solidarity with my countrymen who are struggling to find food back home and with my brother who has not had food for the last three days … I will now commence a voluntary fasting,” said Naderev (Yeb) Saño in his opening remarks Monday morning. His speech emphasized the disconnect between the international negotiations and the stark reality of climate change’s impact, of which the Philippines is only the most recent victim.

Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on all things sustainable.

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As IPCC Warns of Climate Disaster, Will Scientific Consensus Spark Action on Global Warming? Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!

  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC) is set to issue its strongest warning yet that climate change is caused by humans, and that the world will see more heat waves, droughts and floods unless governments take action to drastically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. 
  • Global warming pause 'central' to IPCC climate report

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The 2011 Climate B.S.* of the Year Awards, Peter H. Gleick, Huffington Post

  • *B.S. means "Bad Science." What did you think it meant?
  • Merchants of Doubt

Stop thanking the troops for me: No, they don’t “protect our freedoms!”

  • Why is pro sports constantly jamming military fervor down our throats?
  • Their claims are wrong in more ways than one.
  • Selective Memory of Our Quagmire-Prone History

Justin Doolittle, Salon

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Monday, November 11, 2013 |  The millions of Americans who regularly watch nationally televised NBA games are, by now, familiar with the “NBA Cares” commercials that run quite frequently during the season. The series of promos is meant to illustrate the league’s commitment to serving the community in a variety of ways. One particularly touching example involves a collaboration between the NBA, the V Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; in the spot, several prominent players are shown visiting children stricken with cancer, many of whom look genuinely thrilled to be meeting their heroes. The league deserves credit for encouraging its players to put their fame to good use by bringing some badly needed joy to these children’s lives.

Not all of the “NBA Cares” promos are about serving the least fortunate members of our society, though. The league is determined to show its commitment to both ends of the spectrum of power. In one spot, NBA stars can be seen, not playing board games with children devastated by cancer, but, instead, touting the greatness and indispensability of the most powerful institution in the world, the United States military.

Justin Doolittle is a freelance writer based on Long Island. He has an M.A. in public policy from Stony Brook University.

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Selective Memory of Our Quagmire-Prone History, J. Michael Orange with Cynthia Orange, Vietnam Veterans Against the War

 

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