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Does the Public Want More War?

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  • Wait a second. People who want the US to "solve problems" are asking the US to "flex muscle"?
  • The Media and War, June 27, 2014

Peter Hart, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

 

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FlexMuscle.jpg September 2, 2014 | If you've been tuning in to TV news lately, there's been a lot of chatter about what sort of military action the United States should take against the Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria. While the public isn't eager for any new wars, the front page of USA Today was trying to change that narrative.

The paper's August 29 edition boasted the front-page headline "More Want US to Flex Muscle." As if that militaristic tone wasn't obvious enough, right next to it is a graphic labeled "Is Obama Tough Enough?"

 

Peter Hart: Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). 

 

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The Media and War, June 27, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Part 1: The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine with Charles Lewis
  • Part 2: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

Fix the Green Line Slowdown

So far, city officials say giving the Green Line the green light anywhere would unduly disadvantage drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists trying to cross the tracks. 

Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020 

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green_line_sp.jpgJuly 22, 2014 | Given that the average rider's trip on the new light rail Green Line is just 3 miles long, its slower than expected travel times between the Minneapolis and St. Paul downtowns shouldn't discourage patronage much. In fact, weekday ridership is already 10 percent above projections for next year, even before a likely boost once fall classes start at the University of Minnesota campus bisected by the tracks.

Metro Transit officials have said all along that if you want a quick trip the length of the Green Line's route, take the 94 Flyer bus down the freeway. The light rail is designed more for shorter connections to the many busy nodes between the downtowns.

Conrad deFiebre comes to Minnesota 2020  after 34 years as an editor and reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the last 11-plus years covering Minnesota politics and government from the State Capitol.

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Krugman Demolishes Classic Argument Against Raising Minimum Wage

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  • “Minimum wage workers are almost all in the United States employed in non-tradable industries -- the production can’t move to China,” Krugman, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize for economic sciences, told Business Insider executive editor Joe Weisenthal in a video posted Monday.
  • America Keeps People Poor On Purpose

Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post

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Low%20Pay%20Is%20Not%20OK.jpg09/09/2014 | Paying fast-food workers $15 an hour won't cause big companies like McDonald's to cut jobs, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.

That's because fast-food worker jobs can't be outsourced overseas or performed by machines, the New York Times columnist said, debunking a classic argument against raising pay for low-wage workers.

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

Alexander C. Kaufman is an associate editor on the Huffington Post's business desk.

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America Keeps People Poor On Purpose, Yes! Magazine  

  • How four decades of lobbying and legislation gave corporations dominion over our economy—and eroded the American middle class.
  • A Timeline of Choices We've Made to Increase Inequality
  • Special Report | Homelessness and Poverty in America, Week Ending August 31, 2014
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What To Do About ISIS

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  • The first thing to do differently going forward: stop bombing nations into ruins, and stop shipping weapons into the area you’ve left in chaos.  
  • Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed

David Swanson, World Beyond War

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September 9, 2014 | Start by recognizing where ISIS came from. The U.S. and its junior partners destroyed Iraq, left a sectarian division, poverty, desperation, and an illegitimate government in Baghdad that did not represent Sunnis or other groups. Then the U.S. armed and trained ISIS and allied groups in Syria, while continuing to prop up the Baghdad government, providing Hellfire missiles with which to attack Iraqis in Fallujah and elsewhere.

ISIS has religious adherents but also opportunistic supporters who see it as the force resisting an unwanted rule from Baghdad and who increasingly see it as resisting the United States. It is in possession of U.S. weaponry provided directly to it in Syria and siezed from the Iraqi government. At last count by the U.S. government, 79% of weapons transfered to Middle Eastern governments come from the United States, not counting transfers to groups like ISIS, and not counting weapons in the possession of the United States.

David Swanson is an American activist, blogger and author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

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Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed, Patrick Cockburn, TomDispatch

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  • Washington is escaping the blame for the rise of ISIS by putting it all on the Iraqi government when, in fact, the U.S. actually created a situation where ISIS can survive and even flourish.
  • How to Ensure a Thriving Caliphate
  • The Rise of ISIS
  • The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq

 

Missing in the American Media: Working People

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  • There’s a real gap between the economy many American families experience first-hand and that portrayed in our major media. 
  • Poverty? Jobs? Worker's rights? Reality has gone AWOL.

Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company

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September 3, 2014 | Working Americans are woefully underrepresented in our mainstream media.

According to an analysis by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the media watchdog group, so far this year “not a single representative of a labor union” has appeared on any of the four Sunday network talk shows (NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” “Fox News Sunday” and CBS’s “Face the Nation”).

Joshua Holland is Senior Digital Producer at BillMoyers.com, and host of Politics and Reality Radio. He's the author of The 15 Biggest Lies About the Economy

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  • Part 1: NPR Is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting
  • Part 2: NPR Serves One Master and it's not the Public
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

 

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100 Years of Homeless Veterans

Armistice Day had to be expanded to include those slaughtered in WW2, Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, and countless other minor U.S. “incursions.”

Jeff Dietrich, Catholic Agitator 

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Front-Cover-Poppy-August-2014.jpgAugust, 2014 | They were street-dirty, with long stringy hair and grease-stained clothes in the way that men are who live on the streets, drink too much cheap wine, and rarely have the opportunity to bathe.

As a small child, they frightened and repulsed me; I held my mother’s hand more tightly whenever I passed one of them resting his legless stumps on a makeshift wooden platform with roller skates nailed underneath, pushing himself along the sidewalk with dirty leather- gloved hands. Mostly they sold the daily newspaper, the Newport News Tribune. However, on Armistice Day, they sold the small red paper poppies, a memorial to the millions of soldiers who died in WW1 and were buried in Flanders Field. They cost only a nickel and my mother always bought one and pinned it on her blouse above her breast. The legless grease-stained veterans of that war were there to frighten small children and remind us all about the senseless slaughter, of barbed wire, open trenches, and the corpses strewn across stretches of “no mans land” in what was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.”

Jeff Dietrich, an editor of the Catholic Agitator,  is the author of Broken and Shared: Food, Dignity and the Poor on Los Angeles' Skid Row. He lives in solidarity with the poor at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker on Skid Row.

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Special Project | The Fight for the American Dream, Week of September 7, 2014

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  • "The top 1-percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles," Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz concludes, "but there is one thing that money doesn't seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99-percent live. Throughout history, this is something that the top 1-percent eventually do learn. Too late."
  • 10 New Items including:
    • America Keeps People Poor On Purpose
    • McDonald’s workers block streets during nationwide wage protests
    • Unemployment up in 30 states, still no extended unemployment benefits
    • The Carnage of Capitalism
    • Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty
    • Virtual Economy’s Phantom Job Gains Are Based on Statistical Fraud
    • New Analysis Debunks Claim That A Higher Minimum Wage Kills Job Growth
    • Six Signs Your Boss Is a Coward
    • Why the American Worker Is Miserable
    • Harris v Quinn: US supreme court deals blow to unions in fees ruling

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Pat Bagley

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America Keeps People Poor On Purpose, Yes! Magazine   

  • How four decades of lobbying and legislation gave corporations dominion over our economy—and eroded the American middle class.
  • A Timeline of Choices We've Made to Increase Inequality
  • Special Report | Homelessness and Poverty in America, Week Ending August 31, 2014

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McDonald’s workers block streets during nationwide wage protests, John Wojcik, Peoples World 

  • "I had to raise my kids on $8 an hour," said Cecelia Carella, 47, as she rolled up her left sleeve to show an arm covered with burns and scars she said she got from working with the fryers. "Only recently," she said, "when all the protests started, they raised us up to $9.25."
  • Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty

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Unemployment up in 30 states, still no extended unemployment benefits, Staff, Fight Back! News

  • Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC) stalled in Congress
  • The Struggle for Survival of the Long-term Unemployed

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The Carnage of Capitalism, Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams

  • Lives are being ravaged by unregulated, free-market capitalism, in the U.S. and around the world. According to the Global Forum for Health Research, less than 10 percent of the global health research budget is spent on the conditions responsible for 90 percent of human disease.
  • Global Greed

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Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty, Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site

  • The Kids Count survey follows the publication in April of Feeding America’s annual report, which showed that one in five children live in households that do not regularly get enough to eat. 
  • Chris Hedges | Pity the Children

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J.D. Crowe 

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Virtual Economy’s Phantom Job Gains Are Based on Statistical Fraud, Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy 

  • And More Fraud Is in the Work
  • America has left us. We now have the tyranny of the Orwellian state that rules, not by the ballot box and Constitution, but by force and propaganda.

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New Analysis Debunks Claim That A Higher Minimum Wage Kills Job Growth, Emily Cohn, Huffington Post

  • Center for Economic Policy Research's (CEPR) study is the latest to debunk the common argument that raising the minimum wage is an economy killer
  • The chart below shows the data, which builds on research first done by Goldman Sachs.
  • 40% Of US Workers Now Earn Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage

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Six Signs Your Boss Is a Coward, Rob Wyse, LinkedIn

  • You can see (the cowards') fear and the way they go about trying to hide their insecurities a mile away.
  • Now, the question is: Do you have the strength to leave that cowardly boss and find a new one who is a true brave leader?
  • Why the American Worker Is Miserable

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Why the American Worker Is Miserable, Jason Notte, TheStreet

  • A survey by Gallup finds that since the economic crisis peaked in 2009, there's been no better time to exploit the U.S. workforce for longer hours and less pay.
  • The Henry Ford Matrix And The Twilight of Disparity

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Harris v Quinn: US supreme court deals blow to unions in fees ruling, Ed Pilkington, Guardian (US)

Court ruled that unions could only extract fees to cover costs of collective bargaining from fully-fledged state employees.

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